Athletic Training Program
The Glenbrook South Athletic Training program was established in 1977 to provide quality sports injury care for the student-athletes involved in a growing athletic program. The program now provides comprehensive athletic health care for over 1600 athletes involved in 28 sports each year. The program has become a model for many high school athletic training programs across the country. The Certified Athletic Trainers strive to establish trusting relationships with the athletes, coaches, parents, and the medical community. These relationships depend on communication between all parties involved and an ongoing commitment to do what is best for the athletes.
Responsibilities of a Certified Athletic Trainer:
Prevention of injuries resulting from physical activity
Recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries and conditions resulting from physical activity
Immediate care of injuries resulting from physical activity ·
Rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries resulting from physical activity
Organization and administration · Professional development and responsibility
The athletic training room at Glenbrook South is a state of the art facility. It is one of the largest and best-equipped high school facilities in the country. It has been said to rival most collegiate athletic training rooms. GBS alumni have often commented that the athletic training room at GBS is better than the one they had at college. The GBS Booster Club as well as Dr. Phil Fitzsimons has donated much of the equipment in the athletic training room.
Both the facilities of the athletic training room and the expertise of the Certified Athletic Trainers are available to all GBS injured athletes and athletes preparing for upcoming sport seasons. Amanda, Tony and Brian have extensive knowledge, experience and skills in improving speed, agility and functional strength. They also have an extensive background in performance enhancement.
The GBS Athletic Department has tried to make athletics at GBS as safe as possible. However, injuries do occur and sometimes they are of a serious nature. Injuries that occur as a result of participation on GBS Athletic teams should be reported as soon as possible to the Certified Athletic Trainers. Injured athletes will be evaluated, treated, and appropriate follow-up will be suggested. Injured athletes should report to the athletic training room daily for treatment and reconditioning. The ATCs will work closely with the athlete’s personal physician to ensure a safe return to athletics. We can also recommend medical specialist if desired. We have developed an extended network of physicians with specialties in many varied disciplines. Please be advised that if a physician suggests that an athlete not participate due to an injury for a given period of time, only that physician can clear the athlete for return to play. Injured athletes will be given clearance for return to activity when all parties involved agree that the athlete may do so with minimal risk of further injury. In the event of an injury, it is imperative that the athlete reports to the athletic training room for DAILY treatment. Athletes will be given instructions for the care of the injury at home. We ask that the parents assist with this injury care. It is the goal of any rehabilitation and reconditioning program to return the athlete to the same if not better condition than before the injury.
If you have questions, regarding the evaluation, treatment or prognoses of an injury please call one of the Certified Athletic Trainers.