Letter to Our Parents
First, I would like to thank all of you (Coaches, Athletes, Parents, Athletic Department) for your support of our program. We see hundreds of injuries a year from all sports and all levels. We are responsible for the care and treatment of over 900 student athletes a year. We consider it an honor that we are entrusted with the health, safety and well-being of your children and do our best to help. We are on your side. Our purpose is to advocate for your children and do our very best to ensure their health and safety but at the same time returning them to their sport as soon as possible. If you ever have questions of any kind, we encourage you to contact us so we can assist.
About Our Program
The Athletic Training Program at Barrington High School evaluates, treats, rehabilitates, provides immediate care and injury prevention under the supervision of its team physicians (Dr. Dan Di Iorio and Dr. Craig Cummins). The Athletic Training Program provides rehabilitative exercises, soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound treatment, e-stim therapy, cryotherapy among many other treatments used by professional and collegiate sports as well as outpatient clinics for positive outcomes for our athletes. Every technique and modality used in the athletic training room is proven and evidence based practice (meaning: all treatments and techniques have been researched, tested and proven to be beneficial and safe to perform). Athletic Trainers (AT’s) are medical health care providers licensed to practice in the state of Illinois. All AT’s must complete continuing education hours every two years to maintain licensure. Athletic trainers go through these courses to learn a variety of different techniques and treatments to improve not only professionally, but to help the people they serve. These companies award certifications upon successful completion allowing the practice of their techniques. This is another way we instill confidence in the families and community we serve. Continuing Education helps to show that our athletic training staff is up to date with their treatment approach. The Athletic Training Department at Barrington High School is extremely competent and experienced and it provides outstanding care to the people we serve. We try to treat our families like our own families. If you have any questions regarding treatment and care, please contact the athletic training department.
Parents, if you take your child to be seen by a doctor or a chiropractor for an injury or treatment, we require a note from that doctor stating the diagnosis of the injury, the plan of treatment, along with if/when they can return to participation. There is no exception. If you are seen by a medical professional, the athlete must be released back to our care with a plan. They will not be cleared to participate until we have a note from the doctor. If you contact the Athletic Training Department before the appointment, we may be able call the office or at least send you with the correct paperwork you will need. It is expected to first report the injury to the AT’s so we can document the injury and provide assistance before being seen by the doctor.
The Athletic Training Department cares for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) set forth under state law and district protocols. The AT staff works in conjunction with our team physician, Dr. Di Iorio, to assess and return our athletes safely back to school and sport. This process can be a difficult time for the athlete and families as well. We ask for patience with the process and ask you understand that we advocate for the health and safety of your children. Many times there is no pain or discomfort associated with this injury and your child will tell you " I'm fine." The reason for the ImPact software is to help us assess the brains ability to react to and recall data presented compared their own baseline test. Though there may be no external symptoms, the test will help us identify if the brain is have difficulty functioning. The safeguards are put in place so your child does not take another blow to the head until it has properly recovered. If you have any questions about this process or test scores, please see our website or contact the athletic training department.
Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to another great year.
The BHS Athletic Training Department