Information for Athletes
Concussion Prevention Event
Somerville High School Soccer Teams Team Up/Speak Up To Help Spread Concussion Awareness. Watch the video!
Support information for Athletes and Parents
Sports Medicine at Somerville Public Schools
Certified Athletic Training
Student-athlete safety is a top priority for Highlander Athletics. Athletic trainers have a specialized scope of practice that includes injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Michelle Kelly, MA, LAT, ATC is our full-time athletic trainer who provides a unique and qualified skill set to meet the needs of student-athlete care and safety. As a health care provider, it is the responsibility of the licensed athletic trainer to determine if an injured athlete may continue to participate in their sport, and when they will be allowed to return to participation. This determination is often done in conjunction with our volunteer consulting physicians or with the athlete's primary care/orthopedic physician.
We have a partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance Sports Medicine, which provides sideline coverage at varsity football games, office visits, and physical therapy.
Michelle also serves as the District Coordinator for Concussion Management. She provides education, evaluation, and management of all concussions that occur within our Somerville Public Schools.
Recommended Orthopedic Services
Highlander Athletics is pleased to recommend orthopedic services for our student-athletes at the following locations.
CHA Assembly Square Sports Medicine
Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine
Responsibilities of the student-athlete and his/her parent/guardian
Highlander student-athletes are expected to work in partnership with their coaches, athletic trainer, and medical professionals to ensure they stay in the right physical condition to succeed on the field and in the classroom. Student-athletes are expected to:
- Inform the athletic trainer of ALL injuries that occur during the season, whether or not it happened while participating in their sport. This is essential in the recovery process.
- Inform the athletic trainer of ALL medical doctor visits regarding injury and return to participation.
- Provide the athletic trainer with a written note from ALL doctor visits. This is important for documentation of an athlete's injury and return to participation guidelines, plus it aids in communication between the physician and Highlander Athletics. In some cases, the student-athlete will not be allowed to return to participation without a note from their physician.
Important Information Regarding Physical Examinations
In order to be in compliance with recent state regulation, physical exams will be required every thirteen months to the day of the exam.