The Kents Hill School Athletics staff includes a full-time athletic trainer who resides on campus. Jake Heeren serves as an advisor, dorm parent, and CPR instructor in addition to his work with student-athletes. He is certified at the national level by the Board of Certification, licensed by the State of Maine, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He works in conjunction with the School’s Health Center and School Physician to provide comprehensive care for all student-athletes on campus.
Education, preventative care, emergency management, injury examination, assessment diagnosis, rehabilitation of injuries and referral are of the highest priority for our staff to allow each student-athlete to compete optimally. Throughout the year, the Athletic Training Room is staffed during practice and game times, as well as other times during the day as needed. Mr. Heeren meets with students when necessary for evaluation and treatment, and is on-call for any other incidents that may arise on campus. In the event that a student requires more focused care than can be provided on campus, the School has a long-standing relationship with a local orthopedic group (Maine General Orthopedics and Physical Therapy) and physical therapy group that are able to provide emergency and long-term care for those in need of alternative services.
HEAD INJURY AND CONCUSSION TESTS
Kents Hill School is committed to keeping our student-athletes safe. Research conducted by professional and collegiate sports experts strongly suggests the need for normative data to aid in the assessment of head injuries. The School utilizes Sway Medical— currently the most widely-utilized computerized program in the world that has been implemented effectively across high school, collegiate, and professional-level sports to allow for the safe return of athletes to sports following a head injury.
As part of our concussion management program, all new students are given a baseline Sway Medical test before participating in athletics. Returning students are required to establish a new baseline every two years. In the event of a head injury, pre-trauma data is then compared with subsequent Sway Medical testing data to help determine appropriate follow-up care and the potential for the athlete to safely return to play. Students with head injuries are monitored daily by the Athletic Trainer, Health Center staff, and if necessary, the School Physician. Recognizing that head injuries can have a severe impact on a student’s life, the School has designed and consistently follows a plan to allow students to return to school and sports only when fully recovered following collaboration with the Concussion Management Team.