Welcome to the Holy Name High School Sports Medicine Program

Welcome to the Holy Name High School Sports Medicine Program & NovaCare Rehabilitation, where the injured student-athlete is in our best interest. The athletic training staff will provide an educated assessment and most beneficial course of action for your student-athlete.

Prevention is recognized as a key method of care for athletic injuries.  For the athletic training staff, injury prevention includes screening preseason physicals, attending educational seminars, taping and bracing students when necessary prior to activity and surveying the playing conditions.  

Under the direction of our school team physician, Dr. Brett McCoy from the Cleveland Clinic, the certified & licensed athletic trainer is responsible for developing emergency action plans and establishing medical protocols and procedures for each sporting event. The athletic trainer is present at every Holy Name High School home event sanctioned by the athletic department. 


At Holy Name High School, student-athletes of all ages and levels of play are cared for in the Athletic Training Room (ATR), located off the main gym. The Certified Athletic Trainer is generally on campus from approximately 2:00 pm until 6:30 pm and on game days until approximately 9-10 pm.

If your child receives an injury during their participation here at HN, what will take place next? Severity of an injury, is what guides the Certified Athletic Trainer on what type of treatment is needed.


Minor injuries- Minor injuries will be treated on site, and will be followed-up in the athletic training room as needed. 

Moderate injuries- Moderate injuries, where the athlete will miss time from practices/games, will be treated and followed-up in the athletic training room. A phone call will be placed to the parents. Most moderate injuries, may or may not need referral to a physician. Once a student-athlete receives a physician referral, they cannot participate in further athletics until they have been seen by, and return with a clearance note from a physician. The clearance note must read that the athlete is cleared for return to play without restrictions.

Serious injuries- With a serious injury your student-athlete will receive initial treatment, a call will be placed to the parents and be directed to the team physician, or physician of choice. Note: If the parents of the student-athlete decide to take their injured child to anyone but the team physician, the communication between the physician and certified athletic trainer will be compromised.

Severe injuries- Severe injuries are those that require immediate medical attention, you will either be called to come and transport your child to an urgent care or emergency facility, or an ambulance will be called and you will be notified, depending on the severity of the emergency. After any injury the student-athlete must follow-up with the athletic training staff prior to participating in a practice or competition. If the injury requires a visit to the emergency room or an appointment with a physician, the student-athlete MUST HAVE A PHYSICIAN’S RELEASE FORM, AND be cleared by the Head Athletic Trainer PRIOR to participating in a practice or competition. PLEASE NOTE: If an in-season student-athlete sees a physician for any reason they MUST HAVE A PHYSICIAN RELEASE stating he or she can participate in athletics AND be cleared by the Head Athletic Trainer prior to being allowed to participate in a practice or competition. There are no exceptions.

NOTE: A student-athlete that is sent to physical therapy from a physician, MUST be cleared by a physician to return to play.

Ohio certified & licensed athletic trainers must:

  • have earned a B.S. or M.S degree from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • have passed a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC); an independent cooperation that reviews the standards of practice and continuing education requirements (bocatc.org)
  • have been licensed by the Ohio Board of Medical Examiners
  • seek ongoing mandatory continuing education that is evidence based, as part of professional practice requirements. This continuing education may result in the achievement of additional qualifications and enhanced skill set.
For more about the athletic training profession visit the following websites: