Greenwich Country Day School is committed to offering the highest quality healthcare by certified athletic trainers (ATC) and our partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes.
Athletic trainers are highly skilled healthcare professionals who provide services and treatments in collaboration with a physician. These services include:
- Primary care
- Injury and illness prevention
- Wellness promotion and education
- Emergent care
- Examination and clinical diagnosis
- Therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions
Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited program, hold the Board of Certification credential, and become licensed to practice in their state of employment. Athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied healthcare professional.
Meet the Staff
Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Athletic Director
Since 2013, Patrick has served as the head athletic trainer at GCDS. A certified athletic trainer (ATC) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Patrick specializes in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries, as well as the overall safety and well-being of our student athletes. Since his graduate work at the University of Georgia, Patrick has been on the forefront of research and work with athletes and concussions. He uses this expertise to help keep GCDS athletes safe and to implement preventive strategies and detection technology. Patrick holds an M.S. in kinesiology and exercise science from University of Georgia and a B.S. in kinesiology and athletic training from University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Physical Education Teacher
Abigael joined GCDS as an athletic trainer in 2019. Prior to GCDS, she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she led coverage and care for men’s water polo and women’s tennis. She has also assisted with the coverage and care for swimming and diving, cross country, track and field, football, and men’s lacrosse in her time at MIT. She is a certified athletic trainer. She earned her B.S. in athletic training and her M.S. in human physiology from Boston University.
The Old Church Road Athletic Training Room is located in the Athletic Center across from the Alumni Gym. The Stanwich Road Athletic Training Room is located in the North Building. Both are equipped with an ice machine, heat packs, taping/treatment table(s), emergency equipment, first aid supplies, and prophylactic aids. Evaluations, treatments, and rehabilitation can be performed on-site for all student-athletes.
GCDS Partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery
GCDS works closely with the Hospital for Special Surgery to provide high quality preventative, surgical, rehabilitative, and performance services to GCDS athletes. This partnership with HSS enables GCDS 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 for numerous professional sports teams including the New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, US Rowing, and USA Basketball.
GCDS also collaborates with HSS to offer informational workshops and presentations for students, parents, and coaches on key topics related to health and wellness such as nutrition, stress management, and injury prevention and recovery.
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.
How to schedule an appointment
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a staff member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, provide a description of what happened, times you are available, and the sport you are currently participating in. A staff member will reach out to you directly to schedule a specific time to meet.