To support the health and safety of our student athletes, the GCDS athletics department has two certified athletic trainer (ATC) on staff.
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide:
- Preventative services
- Emergency care
- Clinical diagnosis
- Therapeutic intervention
- Rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions
Patrick Curry, Country Day’s head athletic trainer, specializes in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses to student athletes.
Prior to joining the GCDS athletics department, Mr. Curry ran the University of Georgia Athletic Association’s concussion program. He holds a BS in athletic training from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. His research in the field of sports medicine has focused on concussions, as well as on heat and hydration.
“I’m there to keep kids safe and keep them on the field,
where they can enjoy playing the sports they love.”
– Patrick Curry
GCDS has an Athletic Training room both at the Stanwich Road campus and at the Athletic Center on Old Church Road campus. They are each equipped with an ice machine, heat packs, taping/treatment table, emergency equipment, first aid supplies, and prophylactic aids.
Students can visit the Athletic Training rooms before and after games and practices to meet with the athletic trainers. During games, Mr. Curry and Ms. Yotts are out on the fields, courts, and rink with the GCDS teams.
Concussion Prevention and Treatment
The certified athletic trainers (ATC) at GCDS can diagnose and treat a concussion. When a concussion is diagnosed by the ATC, the student must have a follow-up appointment with a physician. Head injuries sustained outside of school should be brought to the attention of the ATC. Once a physician sees an athlete, a note of clearance is required before return to activity. After clearance has been reached, a gradual return-to-play protocol will be followed. The Athletic Trainer makes the final call on all return-to-play decisions.
GCDS Partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery
Our partnership with HSS enables GCDS student athletes to benefit from one of the global leaders in sports medicine.
HSS, the nation’s top-ranked hospital for orthopedics for the past ten consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020), is the official hospital also for the New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, US Rowing, and USA Basketball. HSS has been named a leader in pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list 2019-2020. GCDS is the first high school athletics program to offer families this level of expertise and facilitated access through a partnership with HSS.