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Athletic Trainer

The athletic trainer for St. Mary's Academy is Ryan Rockwood, ATC, from the OHSU Sports Medicine group. He will be available to assist students in the SMA Training Room located at the west end of the gym and at SMA home soccer, basketball and lacrosse competitions.

What are Athletic Trainers?

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, chiropractors and other members of the Sports Medicine Team. The services provided by ATs comprise of injury prevention, emergency and immediate care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Responsibilities of Athletes and Parent(s) of Athletes

  • Inform the Athletic Trainer of ALL injuries that occur during the season, whether or not the injury happened while participating in the sport. This is essential in the recovery process.
  • Inform the Athletic Trainer of ALL doctor visits regarding injury and return to participation.
  • Provide the Athletic Trainer with a written note from ALL doctor visits. Documentation of an athlete’s injury and return to participation guidelines aids in communication between the physician and AT. In some cases the athlete will not be allowed to return to participation without a note from the physician.


Sports Medicine Resource Information

CDC Heads Up Concussion In Sports Parent/Student Information

The US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control's Concussion Information sheet for parents and students.

OHSU Concussion Fact Sheet

A comprehensive guide to concussions presented by the Oregon Health Sciences University's Sports Medicine Department.

REAP Return to Play Matrix

The Reduce/Educate/Accommodate/Pace matrix outlining the graduated return to play (RTP) steps a concussed student must progress through in order to return to full athletic activity.


ACL Screening/PEP Injury Prevention Program

St. Mary's Academy student-athletes participating in soccer, volleyball, basketball, skiing, lacrosse and tennis are offered the opportunity to work with the dynamic duo of West Portland Physical Therapy (WPPT) and OHSU Sports Medicine physicians to keep them on the court, pitch and on the slopes. SMA student-athletes are assessed and subsequently trained in the ACL injury prevention program known as the PEP warm-up.

With the higher incidence of ACL injuries occurring in women, this tremendous training tool provided by WPPT & OHSU under the direction of Kathi McCoy, PT and Dr. Melissa Novak has been a tremendous resource for the Blues. The players have clearly benefitted from the program on several levels including a reduction in lower extremity injuries, improved fitness and exposure to careers in sports medicine. St. Mary’s Athletic Department thanks our community partners for supporting our student-athletes and teams!!

For information/questions regarding the ACL Screening/PEP Injury prevention program, kindly contact Katherine McCoy, PT, MTC at info@wpptc.com .





Athletic Trainer's Schedule

Sports Medicine Forms