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Athletic training

Athletic training

Athletic trainers are certified, licensed health care professionals who work with physicians to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnoses, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of patients with injuries and medical conditions.

Our athletic trainers at the Springfield Shriners Hospital teach athletes, coaches and parents about how to prevent and manage injuries, so that young athletes can return to play safely and in a timely manner. They provide educational and community outreach activities along with athletic training services to community schools, recreational and club sports teams. Having a certified athletic trainer at practices and games aids in the evaluation and management of injuries and emergency care.

Services provided

  • Injury prevention, assessment and rehabilitation
  • Sport-specific training and conditioning programs
  • Education about sports safety and nutrition
  • Immediate emergency care and treatment, including cervical spine stabilization and cardiac emergencies
  • Evaluation of return to play
  • Taping, weight-training programs and review of medical releases
  • Recommendations on conditioning and flexibility training
  • Referrals to medical professionals when necessary

Sabis International Charter School K-12

The Springfield Shriners Hospital provides free athletic training support for the athletes in the Sabis International Charter School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Sabis is ranked as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report, providing high-quality education to a diverse population in the Springfield area. The Shriners Hospitals for Children athletic training program at Sabis, which illustrates our commitment to being a leader in specialty pediatric care in the community, supports 22 sports teams involving more than 1,500 students.

Outreach efforts

Our athletic trainers cover a wide range of athletic events, including regional, recreational and club sporting events. Our athletic trainers tailor services to accommodate the needs of the participants and organizers at each event. Having a certified athletic trainer at practices and games aids in the evaluation and management of injuries and emergency care.

To find out how the Springfield Shriners Hospital can provide your sporting event with athletic training medical coverage, please contact Jonathan Reidy at 413-735-1254 or by email.

Athletic trainers

Jonathan Reidy, LAT, ATC
Samantha Shirley, MS, LAT, ATC
Victoria Van Alstine-Tauer, MS, LAT, ATC