ATHLETIC TRAINING DEPARTMENT
LAT, ATC, NCSF-CPT (717) 845-6634 ext. 2055
Athletic Trainer (717) 515-0559
Eric has been employed as a Licensed Athletic Trainer since 1999 when he graduated, with honors, from Penn State University. He has worked in a variety of settings including collegiate, industrial, and secondary school. He has been employed by OSS Health as the Head Athletic Trainer at the District for the past seven years.
Meaghan graduated from Marywood University in 2009 with Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training. She started her career working for a physical therapy clinic in Pottsville, PA.
She was employed by OSS Health in 2012, and began working as the assistant athletic trainer at the District in 2013.
The WYASD Athletic Training Dept. consists of highly educated and skilled professionals specializing in athletic health care. They are licensed by the PA State Board of Medicine and certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association. In cooperation with OSS Health physicians and other allied healthcare personnel, the Athletic Training Dept. functions as an integral cog in the Bulldog Athletic Program.
"The Licensed Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the LAT functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments."
The Athletic Trainer's responsibilities include,
but are not limited, to:
- Prevention of athletic injuries
- Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries
- Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
- Health care administration
- Professional development
West York is a proud 1st team member of the Safe Sports School Award, a national honor! The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.
In order to achieve Safe Sports School Status,
Athletic Programs are required to adhere to the following:
- Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
- Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
- Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
- Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic
- Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and
treat injured athletes
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
- Provide or facilitate injury intervention
- Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
- Provide or facilitate psycho-social consultation and nutritional
- Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits
and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Below are some general points of emphasis you (the parent and student-athlete) should be aware of heading into your sport season
of choice. If you have any questions or need any clarification,
please don’t hesitate to reach out to the WYASD Athletic Training Dept.
All athletes with inhalers for asthma must have their inhaler with them at all practices and games. The inhaler must be labeled with their name. Inhalers may be kept in the team medical kit.
Please encourage athletes to come to the athletic training room if they are injured. The sooner the athlete can get care the sooner we can get them back to full participation. If an athlete chooses to see a doctor for any injury/illness, we cannot allow the athlete to participate until we receive a written physician’s note stating their level of play and restrictions, if any. The note must be signed by a Physician (MD or DO) not by a Physician Assistant (PA-C) or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). We cannot accept written notes or verbal confirmation from a parent or guardian. The Team Physician (Dr. Scott King, D.O.), has the final say on athletes’ ability to participate.
The Athletic Training Dept. CANNOT hand out medications.
A concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is an injury that is common in athletics but may be seen in many different scenarios. This occurs when the brain is jostled in the skull. Since it’s suspended in fluid, the brain has a certain amount of mobility and can be tossed around from side-to side, possibly striking the inside of the cranium. When this occurs, the brain can be, in effect, bruised. While a direct blow to the head can cause a concussion, it is not the only way. Any force that makes the body move in a way that can jar the head, can cause a concussion (picture a car accident where the victim experiences whiplash).
The following are some signs and symptoms that may be present with a concussion. (Please note that these do not all have to be present for the diagnosis to be given!):
-Nausea or vomiting
-Balance problems or dizziness
-Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
-Blurred or double vision
-Sensitivity to light or noise
-Feeling sluggish or slowed down
-Inability to answer simple questions or remember common events
-Fatigue and/or drowsiness
-Periods of decreased consciousness
-Unusual eye movements and/or unequal pupil size
The WYASD Athletic Training Dept. adheres to the PIAA guidelines concerning concussion. Any student-athlete exhibiting signs/symptoms of concussion are to be removed from play for that day and re-evaluated the next available day. Once a concussion determination has been made, the student-athlete’s parent (s) will be instructed to see a physician (MD or DO only) to be released to the WYASD Athletic Training Dept. (with a signed physician’s note)to begin a graduated, 5 day Return To Play (RTP) protocol. The RTP protocol only happens once the student-athlete has been totally asymptomatic for 24 hours and passes a post-injury ImPACT test.
-The ImPACT test is a neurocognitive test administered before each sporting season for those student-athletes in 7th, 9th, and 11th grades and any student-athlete not tested previously. It is done to establish a baseline result to compare a post-injury result to, if the need arises. You can learn more about the ImPACT test here:
Graduated exertional testing will be conducted on the student-athlete to determine if any signs/symptoms return. Day one is 15 minutes of light aerobic activity. After this activity they are not allowed to do any more physical exertion. If no signs/symptoms occur, the student-athlete moves into Day 2 which is 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity followed by 15 minutes of circuit-type calisthenics. Again, if no signs/symptoms occur then the following day they can move to Day 3, which is a non-contact practice with the team. As before, if no signs/symptoms occur the student-athlete can move on to Day 4, a full contact practice. Day 5 is a full return-to-play (including contests). The athlete must move from level to level, based on the lack of returning signs/symptoms, along with a 24-hour rest period between each level.
It is important to note that the athlete must rest when advised so that there is no increase in symptoms. The brain is like any muscle, once injured, it needs rest, therefore no video games, television, reading, texting, streaming or anything that may cause the brain to function and for the student-athlete to concentrate. In some cases, an altered school schedule (half days, no testing) may be warranted. This would need a written physician’s note.
Sports Physicals - Information and Forms If you are unsure of what packet you need to fill out, please contact Mr. Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-845-6634 x2036. If you need to get a physical and are unable to get one with your family physician, Orthopedic Spine and Specialists are offering a physical sessions in June and August at the high school. If you would like more information on this please contact Mr. Duffy at the number listed above or by email email@example.com.
Summer All Sports Physical sign-ups for West York Area High School and West York Area Middle School. For this to work, every athlete will need to complete both steps
Step One: Complete the appropriate Sports Physical Packet form the Sports Physicals Page. Remember to BRING it with you to your physical.
Step Two: Sign up for a Physical date and time from this link.
- Doctor Visits - if your son/daughter becomes ill or injured and needs to see a doctor, you MUST turn in a script to the Athletic Training Staff that communicates when, or if, this athlete is cleared for continued sports participation. This documentation is in addition to anything needed for gym or the school office staff. For example, if your daughter is sick, the physician can write, “Suzie was seen by in my office today for a cold and is able to safely participate in sports starting 9/15/08.” If this documentation is NOT provided, your son/daughter will be withheld from sports participation until appropriate clearances are on file.