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Olympic High School Sports Medicine


Carolinas Healthcare System Certified Athletic Trainers

Watch how Carolinas Healthcare System is ensuring that Charlotte Mecklenburg students stay safe on the field, on the court and in their everyday lives.

What Does An Athletic Trainer Do?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.



Olympic High School is a Safe Sport School

Athletic Trainers vs Personal Trainers

Athletic training is often confused with personal training. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. Athletic trainers provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services. Athletic trainers treat a breadth of patients, including but not limited to: professional, college, secondary school and youth athletes, dancers, musicians and military personnel. Athletic trainers can work in a variety of locations including schools, physician clinics, hospitals and manufacturing plants.


Athletic Trainers vs Personal Trainers


To become certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work under the direction of a physician and within their state practice act.

Concussion Management

Concussion Management

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow, or a jolt to the head. These injuries are associated with one or more of the following signs or symptoms. These may last from minutes to months, and new symptoms may appear during the recovery process.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

• Headache
• Dizziness
• Nausea or Vomiting

• Difficulty Concentrating

• Memory Problems
• Forgetfulness
• Confusion

• Double or blurred vision
• Sensitivity to noise or light
• Dazed or Stunned
• Vacant Stare
• Answers questions slowly
• Moves Clumsily
• Loss of Consciousness
• Behavior Change
• Personality Change
• Decline in school performance
• Problems Talking
• Blood or fluid draining from the ear or nose • Changes in Sleep Habits 

Concussion Management

Concussion Treatment

• Removal from sports

  • Do not return to sport or physical activity the

    same day

  • See a healthcare provider that is trained in

    concussion management such as a: Physician,

    Licensed Athletic Trainer Physician Assistant Licensed Nurse Practitioner

  • Discontinue video games and texting

  • Limit computer use

  • Possible decreased school time and academic

    modifications while undergoing treatment

  • Rest, Rest, Rest

    What can I do to help prevent concussions and keep kids safe?
    • Ensure that protective equipment is worn and

    that it fits appropriately

  • Learn and use safe techniques

  • Decrease the number of head impacts

  • Watch out for the signs and symptoms of a


  • Make sure that your athletic organization has an

    emergency action plan

    If you would like additional information regarding concussions, email Carolinas HealthCare Sports Medicine at


Heat Illness

Of all the injuries/illnesses that can occur in athletics, Heat Illness is 100% preventable. Following good hydration principles, proper conditioning and
being aware of the environmental conditions are all important components to preventing heat illness. There are several different types of heat illness and there is no clear cut line that separates them. Once you recognize any of the signs or symptoms, action needs to be taken.


• Obtain a thorough pre-participation exam to determine if you are at risk of having an Exertional Heat Illness.

  • Take time to become acclimatized to the environment (10-14 days).

  • Avoid working out in the hottest part of the day. If the temperature is too high try moving your workout indoors.

  • Drink adequate fluids prior to, during and after your workout.

  • Get adequate rest.

  • Wear light colored clothing.

  • Take frequent rest breaks.

  • Recognize the signs of exertional heat illness and

    have an emergency plan available.

  • Have a way to cool your body rapidly in the event of

    an exertional heat illness.

  • Work out with a partner when you are in a hot and

    humid environment.


Types of Heat Illness

Below is a list of some common heat illnesses. They are listed in order from mild to severe. Without the appropriate treatment they can progress quickly.
Heat Cramps: Painful involuntary muscle

contractions. Usually due to a fluid and salt

Heat Exhaustion: Most common form of heat

illness in the physically active population. Usually occurs due to working in a hot humid environment, dehydration, poor fitness levels and obesity.

Heat Stroke: The most serious of all heat illnesses. Can become life threatening quickly if not treated appropriately. The body can no longer cool itself.

Signs and Symptoms

• Excessive Sweating • Fatigue
• Headache
• Fainting

• Decreased performance
• Loss of/Altered Level of Consciousness


• Remove equipment and unnecessary clothing • Move to a cooler environment
• Provide cool fluids
• Monitor airway, breathing and circulation

• Attempt to cool down by application of ice towels or submerging the individual in an ice bath

• Call 911 if athlete becomes unconscious or does not improve with treatment

If you would like additional information regarding Heat Illness, email Carolinas HealthCare Sports Medicine at 

Olympic High School Athletic Trainer

Ben Fonseca, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer provided by: Carolinas HealthcareSystem

Phone: 704-774-7417

School Information

Athletic Director: Stephanie Wilkerson

Address:  4301 Sandy Porter Road

Charlotte, NC 28273   

School Phone Number:    980-343-3800

School Fax Number:

Athletic Directors ext:

Athletic Training room ext :

Directions to Olympic High School

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Team Physicians



For an appointment please call (704) 863- HURT (4878), Please state that you are an Olympic student-athlete and would like to be seen. Above are some options of Dr.'s that work with the High schools.There are many convenient locations. Find the one that works best for you and your family.


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Team Physicians




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Important Forms

t to know about the concussion law for North Carolina:

Gfeller- Waller Concussion Return to play Form: