To support the health and safety of our student athletes, the GCDS athletics department has a 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
The Athletic Training room is located in the Athletic Center across from the Alumni Gym. It is equipped with an ice machine, heat packs, taping/treatment table, emergency equipment, first aid supplies and prophylactic aids.
Students can visit the Athletic Training room before and after games and practices to meet with the athletic trainer. During games, Mr. Curry is out on the fields, courts, and rink with the GCDS teams.
Concussion Prevention and Treatment
The certified athletic trainer (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.
Concussion Education and Awareness
As Country Day’s athletic trainer, Patrick Curry works to educate coaches and parents about the importance of recognizing concussions immediately and treating the injury properly.
Mr. Curry helped to produce the following video in conjunction with the non-profit organization Alexandra’s Playground based at Columbia University.