Our goal is to provide the student-athletes at Branson with the best healthcare possible. In providing these services, the Branson Sports Medicine staff strives to offer a health care system that is proactive in approach, reducing the risk of athletic injury for our student-athletes; provide easily accessible sports medicine services that are responsive to the needs of the student-athlete; and facilitate injured student-athletes' safe return to participation in athletic competition as soon as possible. Our philosophy is that the needs of the student-athlete will always be the first consideration for all members within the Athletic Department.
Mission StatementBranson’s Sports Medicine Department delivers traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes of The Branson School. The services provided to the student-athlete can be divided into four areas:
- Prevention of athletic injuries.
- Recognition, evaluation, and treatment of student-athlete injuries and illnesses.
- Rehabilitation and reconditioning of all injuries incurred by student-athletes.
- Health and wellness education.
With the highest priority placed on the health and welfare of our student-athletes, the Branson School’s Department of Athletics has a full time Athletic Trainer on staff. Athletic Trainers have extensive training in recognizing and responding to athletic based injuries. These individuals play a vital role in the daily health of our student-athletes. Athletic trainers operate under the guidance of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and are licensed by the State of California. The NATA has established six domains in which an Athletic Trainer’s specialize. These include:
- Injury Prevention: Injury prevention comes in many forms, ranging from individual strength training to focus on a specific concern to team fitness training.
- Recognition and Evaluation of Injuries: Athletic Trainers specialize in the recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries, often these injury evaluations will occur on field directly after the injury was sustained. Otherwise, evaluations are done individually in the Athletic Training room.
- Management and Treatment of Injuries: The management and treatment of injuries is vital to the health and well being of our student athletes. Proper initial care is the first step to returning an athlete to full function. When appropriate, the Athletic Trainer will serve as a referral source for outside consult. Most often injury management and treatment can be done on site in the Athletic Training room.
- Injury Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation of an injury is extremely important to return athletes to full function. Proper rehabilitation ensures full recovery and decreases the chance for subsequent injuries to occur. Often, athletes will set up individual rehabilitation sessions with the Athletic Trainer on site during free periods or after school. Depending on the injury the Athletic Trainer may also refer the athlete to a local Physical Therapist for rehabilitation.
- Organization and Administration: Sports Medicine policies and procedures are vital to the success and well being of our student athletes. This ensures quality and consistent care to all who require the services of the Athletic Trainer at the Branson School.
- Education and Counseling: Educating our student athletes is vital to their long-term health and wellness. This is a focus of the Sports Medicine department. We want our athletes to learn lifelong lessons and take the information they have gained while at the Branson School and benefit from this knowledge as they move on. Counseling is often a critical piece to the injury process, ranging from dealing with sensitive injuries or issues to the psychological nature of injury and return to participation, the Athletic Trainer serves as a first resource in dealing with this process. The Athletic Trainer may also serve as a resource for further consult from our school Nurse, Counselor, or outside intervention.
This section is designed to aid student-athletes and parents in the home-care aspect of treating an injury. In no way is this section intended to serve as a substitute for the care of a medical doctor, and, if unsure of the problem, please seek the help of a qualified physician.
Amanda is in her 7th year as Certified Athletic Trainer for Branson. Amanda graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Sports Medicine (1992) as well as her Masters in Exercise Physiology (1996). Before joining the Branson School, Amanda worked in the physical therapy industry for 13 years. Amanda volunteered for local club Rugby teams and was a NATA examiner from 1996-2006. She is an active member in the NATA as well as the local FWATA organizations.Amanda BoivinHead Athletic Trainer707-481-0978 cell
Evaluations and treatments can be done during lunch hour, afternoon free periods and/or after all athletes have been taped for practice or games. Treatments are first come first serve, with the following priorities:
Weekday: 2pm-End of eventsDuring School Hours: By AppointmentWeekends: For events onlyHolidays/Breaks: For events only
- Acute emergencies
- Preparing for away events
- Preparing for home events
- Preparing for practice
- Out of season sports
- Athletic training room is a medical facility, treat it as such
- Do not touch or remove any items or materials without permission
- Proper behavior, attire and language will be required at all times
- Report early for treatments and taping
- Gym Shorts, shoes and T-Shirt must be worn when coming into training room for an injury evaluation
- No Food in training room
- No Bags, Cleats, Spikes, or Equipment of any kind in training room
- No self treatments without permission from the Athletic Trainer
- Students may not use Athletic Training phone without permission
- Students may not use Computer in training room without permission
- Exceptions to any of these rules requires the permission of the Athletic Trainer