Sports Medicine

The goal of the Our Lady of Mercy Sports Medicine program is to provide the highest quality of care possible for all student-athletes. We strive for accurate injury identification, swift and safe return to play, and education of parents and athletes about their injuries.

Certified Athletic Trainers are allied healthcare professionals responsible for the prevention, management, and care of injuries at all levels of physical activity. They serve as a liaison between the athlete and physician as well as the athlete and coach. The athletic trainer at Mercy is responsible for covering all sporting events on campus as well as away games for varsity football and other selected events.

Student-athletes receive treatments using an ultrasound machine, electric stimulation, moist heat packs from our hydrocollator, ice massage, and ice packs in addition to rehab stretching and exercises to return them to full activity in a safe and efficient manner.

Athletic Training Student Aide Program

The Athletic Training Student Aide Program (ATSAP) has been established for high school students that have an interest in pursuing a career in athletic training, sports medicine, or other allied health professions.

The program is a commitment of at least one athletic season (Fall, Winter and Spring). The student cannot enroll in the program during the same season they are playing a sport. Students will shadow the certified athletic trainer; learn basic taping, injury prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation techniques; and spend time with the certified athletic trainer on the sidelines with all the sports teams during practice and interscholastic competitions.

The following sports seasons are available:

Fall = cheerleading, cross country, football, softball, volleyball

Winter = basketball, cheerleading, swimming, wrestling

Spring = baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field

The goals and objectives of the program range from the introduction to athletic training and other allied health professions to sport injury rehabilitation techniques. Athletic training student aides will be introduced to taping techniques, skills in first aid, therapeutic modalities, and help during interscholastic sport competitions. The responsibilities of the ATSA will vary depending on experience and the needs of the sport season. 

Interested students should stop by the Athletic Training Clinic or email to express interest in the program.

Tam C Pham, Athletic Trainer