Athletic Training Services
The Nobles Athletic Training Room is a health care facility available to the entire Nobles community to receive treatment, care, and preventative assistance as well as rehabilitation for activity related injuries. The athletic trainers are responsible for providing services in an attempt to maintain the athlete's level of competition to its highest degree.
The taping area is probably the busiest area of the training room. Each sport has equal access to this area and order is usually established by a simple first-come-first-serve basis. Occasionally, preference will be given to those athletes who need to get to a contest over those who need to get to practice if there is a tight time line.
Student athletes who enter the Athletic Training Room, for either an injury evaluation or to work on returning to competition from an injury, will often times start on one of the seven tables in our evaluation and rehab area.
Injuries evaluations take place after all teams have been taped and prepared for practices and games. This is to ensure that proper time can be taken without interruptions. Emergency cases will always take top priority.
Sports participation is linked to positive physical and emotional well being. The number of students participating in sports is continually increasing, especially among females. However, as participation in sports increases so does the incidence of injuries. At Nobles we are aware of the increase risk of knee, hip and ankle injuries in athletes that may begin the season without being at their peak physical performance. Working with the Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning staff, we have implemented a Sports Readiness Program that increases strength, agility and coordination to help reduce the incidence of injuries like ACL tears, ankle sprains and muscle strains.
Each team will complete the 10-15 minute program, 2-3 times per week, as part of their pre-practice warm-up.
The Sports Readiness Program has 6 basic steps:
- Agility Skills
- Cool Down (at the end of each practice)
For both boys and girls who participate in start and stop sports, appropriate skills training such as those in the above program, may be the key to staying injury free.
The Athletic Training Room offers multiple modalities to assist athletes with their injuries with various forms of cryotherapy (cold), thermotherapy (heat), and rehabilitative exercises. An athlete will find three whirlpools that can be utilized for either heating or cooling treatments, hydrocollator (heat) packs for warmups or rehab treatments, a strengthening station with progressive resistance bands, and an abundance of ice.
Rehabilitation for an injury can occur for both short and/or long-term therapy. The athletic training staff enjoys partnering with the physicians and/or physical therapist of the injured athletes to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Various methods of rehab are utilized within the training room, including strengthening exercises, cardiovascular training, proprioception training, stretching, core strengthening and therapeutic massage.
The appropriate rehab methods are used for each athlete’s injury to shorten rehab time and return our athletes back to their sport in a safe and timely manner.
Nobles utilizes ImPACTTM Testing, along with evaluation by a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, to help parents, coaches and students make appropriate return-to-activity decisions. Our goal is to eliminate the risk of recurrent or permanent injuries that may have temporary or permanent health risks.
ImPACTTM is a brain injury measurement tool for children and teens who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (concussion). Through a series of computerized tests, ImPACTTM identifies subtle changes in brain function, evaluates post-injury condition, and tracks recovery. By comparing baseline (pre-injury, given to all students) and post-injury test results, ImPACTTM can help determine the extent of damage following a concussion.
The Athletic Training staff works in conjunction with Health Services to ensure each student is cognitively and physically ready to return to any academic or sport activity.
The times of operation for the Athletic Training Room are usually 2:00pm - 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Saturdays hours vary based on contests and practice schedules. This schedule can change with athletic events, school closures and meetings. The training room is not open on Sunday, unless there are athletic contests scheduled that will require the presence of an athletic trainer.
If not in the Athletic Training Room during the posted hours, Maurice or Heather are immediately available via radio which is placed outside the Athletic Training room door.