The primary role of the Sports Medicine team is to fashion a program reflective of the Kent School motto: simplicity of life, directness of purpose, and self-reliance. Our goal is to provide student athletes with the best health care possible. In providing these services, we pride ourselves not only on treating the injury but treating the injured athlete as a person. The Sports Medicine staff strives to utilize the most efficient, proven and current technologies including the best equipment available. Consistent with this goal, we aim to offer a health care system that is proactive in approach, reducing the risk of athletic injury for our student athletes. We are a dedicated to the care, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries while maximizing athletic performance and a safe return to sport.
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. At Kent, athletic training is integrated and multidisciplinary. The athletic trainers specialize in five domains:
- Prevention of athletic related injuries
- Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic related injuries
- Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic related injuries
- Health care administration
- Professional development and responsibility.
Our athletic trainers are responsible for 52 teams and 23 sports. We work under the direction and standing orders of a full-time licensed physician who holds regular daily clinic hours. We are also staffed with nurses that are available twenty-four hours a day.
The sports medicine staff understands that they have been entrusted with the health and well-being of the student-athletes.
Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. In the state of Connecticut, ATs must earn a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited athletic training program and pass a certification exam from the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).
Kent School employs two Connecticut licensed, NATABOC-certified Athletic Trainers. In addition, our sports medicine staff is trained in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Administering Emergency Oxygen. The sports medicine team is comprised of the school physician, nurses, and certified athletic trainers.
Our Athletic Trainers
Dan Traub, A.T.C.; L.A.T.; E.M.T.
Kayla Hayes, A.T.C.; L.A.T.
Evaluations, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries are performed during the academic day. An injured athlete can set up an appointment with the Athletic Trainers during a free period or conference period. If the athlete does not have a free period, he/she can call or email the trainers to arrange an appointment. A trainer will be available until the conclusion of all practices and home games.
The athletic training room is located in the Magowan Field House behind Gowan Court.
Evaluations and Treatment Times
Monday 8:00-11:35am, 1:20-3:00pm
Tuesday 8:00-11:35am, 1:20-3:00pm
Wednesday 11:30-1:30pm *
Thursday 8:00-11:35am, 1:20-3:00pm
Friday 8:00-11:35am, 1:20-3:00pm
Saturday 11:30-1:30pm *
*Wednesday and Saturday schedule depends on start time of games
- NATA, the National Athletic Trainers Association
- NATABOC, the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification
- CATA, the CT Athletic Trainers Association
- ImPACT Testing
- Heads Up from the CDC
- Sports Safety International
- National Academy of Neuropsychology
- HECC, the Hockey Equipment Certification Council
- NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment
- NATA Sudden Cardiac Arrest Handout