Sports Medicine

Mission Statement

Welcome to the St. Mary's Ryken High School Sports Medicine website. The primary mission of the Sports Medicine Department is to provide the finest health care to student-athletes at St. Mary's Ryken High School. Our first priority is always the student-athlete's overall safety and medical needs. Through the efforts of the Sports Medicine staff, we aim to provide the student-athlete with competitive edge for maximizing athletic performance.

David Hayes

David Hayes

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

When is it necessary to see the Athletic Trainer?

  • All injuries must be seen by and reported to an athletic trainer

Facts about our SMR Athletic Trainers

  • SMR has 2 full-time athletic trainers – Mr. D.J. Hayes and Ms. Amanda Ripple
    • Both hold a Master’s degree in Athletic Training/Kinesiology
  • Their offices are located in the Donnie Williams Center on the lower level
  • The trainers evaluate all injuries and illnesses associated with SMR student-athletes
  • Our Athletic Training Room is over 1,000 sq. ft.
  • SMR has a close partnership with Southern Maryland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and with a concussion specialist through MedStar Physician Partners

The SMR Athletic Trainers offer the following services to our students:

  • Injury evaluation
  • Concussion evaluation
  • Concussion baseline testing
  • Athletic taping and bracing for injury prevention
  • Providing water and hydration during athletic events
  • Rehabilitation for orthopedic injuries
  • Physician Clinic at SMR*
    • Weekly or bi-weekly for injury evaluations or follow-ups with team orthopedic doctor
      • *Consent form required
  • Therapeutic Modalities
    • Ice
    • Heat
    • Electrical Stimulation
    • Therapeutic Ultrasound
    • Cold and Warm Hydrotherapy
    • Cupping
    • Manual Therapy

When is it necessary to see a Doctor?

  • Medical emergencies that cannot wait to see the Athletic Trainer
    • Examples:
      • Severe concussion (loss of consciousness, vomiting, lethargic, symptoms worsen drastically)
      • Dislocations
      • Specific broken bones (femur, humerus, pelvic girdle, ribs, spine, and skull)
      • Breathing Emergencies
      • Coughing Blood
      • Severe Stomach Pains
      • Severe Allergic Reactions (requiring use of epi-pen)
      • Spinal Injuries
      • Severe Bleeding/Cuts that require stitches
      • Loss of consciousness
  • When will the athletic trainers make a referral (parents will be notified immediately)?
    • When the student-athlete needs to see the physician for further evaluation but is not considered a medical emergency and can wait for a scheduled appointment
    • We have close connections for quick referrals for orthopedic injuries and concussions (contact the athletic trainers for more information)

Benefits of Contacting the SMR Athletic Trainers First

  • Minor injuries can be handled and treated at SMR (minor sprains, strains, contusions, and more) and can help you avoid an unneeded trip to the doctor or urgent care
    • Saves you money on co-pays
    • Less time you have to take off work to get student-athlete to appointments
    • Allows the student-athlete to recover more quickly

Did you know?

  • Did you know when you go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care that you MUST see either your Primary Care Physician or other specialists for clearance to return to sports?
  • Did you know that once a student-athlete is seen by a doctor, the school and athletic trainers must follow the doctors’ orders?
  • Did you know that when a student-athlete sees a doctor, they must provide the school with documentation in regards to their participation status and/or if they have any restrictions?
  • Did you know that SMR brings in doctors to do physicals at least once a year (in August) for a small fee and no insurance required*?
    • *Consent Form required
  • SMR Athletic Trainers are here to help and support all student-athletes!