Our sports medicine team from St. Vincent Sports Performance is rolling out a new patient portal called “Healthy Roster”, which will provide parents access to their child’s injury and treatment status if being seen by one of our athletic trainers or team physicians. Healthy Roster is a safe and secure, HIPPA compliant web portal that connects parents, coaches, and athletic trainers to coordinate injury management for our student-athletes. Keep an eye out for an email invitation to set up your account access. If you have any questions please contact Gavin Page at email@example.com or Blair Ginnever at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click here for more information.
As we begin looking towards the 2018-2019 school and athletic years it is important to remember that in order to participate, you must have a physical on file. Any physical that takes place after April 1 is valid for all of the 2018-2019 school year. St. Vincent Sports Performance is offering physicals at a number of their locations, with a portion of the cost going back to Guerin Catholic High School. Please see the attachment below for more information.
There have been some recent changes with our SVSP sports medicine staff that we want to make sure everyone is aware of. Kariel has accepted an exciting opportunity with IU Kokomo athletics, where she will continue to serve as an SVSP athletic trainer. We thank Kariel for her dedicated service to our student-athletes and wish her the best as she embarks on this new chapter of her career.
While we will miss Kariel greatly, we are excited to welcome our newest athletic trainer, Blair Ginnever, to the GCHS community. Blair is excited to be joining the Golden Eagle family and is looking forward to working with our student-athletes. Please help us make her feel welcome!
As in years past, Gavin and Blair will be available daily after school in the Athletic Training Room, until the conclusion of all home practices and contests. Please make sure to take advantage of their services. Their contact information is below for your reference.
Three years ago I was challenged to bring an element of academics and writing to the Advanced Weight Training class. How could this be done, especially in a class such as this and would it be useful? There were plenty of topics I always wanted to discuss with the athletes, but with the nature of the class never got to discuss in a group setting. With the introduction of a new online class structure, discussion posts are now utilized in class. They have been a tremendous teaching tool that I have utilized and believe the kids have benefited from. The discussion always includes an article to help jump start their thinking. I make sure to stress the idea of “thinking outside the box” within the field of athletics and strength and conditioning. Some of the topics have included: energy drinks pros and cons, the importance of sleep, the culture of Stanford’s football program, and many other topics along the way. This past school year a discussion was posted on the topic of “Self Confidence” and how athletics helps to shape a student athletes’ self-confidence and vice versa. Below are some of the responses that were discussed during the assignment.
“I think athletics and self-confidence work together, and the more self-confident you are the better you are going to perform, and visa versa.”
“Self-confidence definitely helps as an athlete because it gives athletes a better ability to go perform the task at hand…. Self-confidence is important because it gives athletes the ability to act on their instincts and not have to hesitate with their decisions.”
“Self-confidence is necessary for the success of every athlete. Although self-confidence may increase due to impressive athletic performances, it is vital to have going into any life activity. With self-confidence people are better able to tackle obstacles that they may face. I have found that with self-confidence I am able to achieve more and overcome anxiety I may face.”
“Self-confidence definitely helps me as an athlete. With volleyball, you need to be confident in the training you’ve had and your abilities that you can get to every ball and if you make a mistake, you can make it up and get the next one. Self-confidence helps one to believe in the training they’ve received and that they can achieve goals they set for themselves.”
How cool is that?! Those are just a small sample of the 167 responses that were generated during this Discussion. High school athletes realize the importance of athletics both during their competitive years as well as the years to follow. Athletics serves as one more way to build and shape their self-confidence which allows them to fully achieve their God given potential. As written in 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Self-confidence is within us; we just need an avenue to allow it to flow throughout.
Check it out! Huge thanks goes to Mr. Panasuk for making this video. Shows a small piece of what WE do every day in the Weight Room!
Why does Guerin Catholic, a 3A high school, have a dedicated room full of weights and an individual dedicated to teaching them proper technique? At Guerin Catholic we understand the importance of reaching our God given potential. Luckily for me, our administration understands that the Weight Room helps our students achieve that.
Let’s start with the obvious: lifting weights and becoming better technicians at movement allow us to become better athletes as well as athletes that stay healthy. I start every session with a comprehensive Movement Prep. We are doing more than “warming up”. We are getting prepared to move. Because our kids sit for the majority of our day, I try to undue that. If you pass by, you will see our kids doing a variety of movements. I’ll be honest, it can look pretty weird; jumping, landing, on all fours, crawling, and tag games are just a few of the activities done before the lifting even starts. All of these movements are carefully planned out to allow the students an opportunity to better fine tune their movement capabilities. Next we begin with our lift.
Depending on the time of year, we generally lift 3 days a week. These lifts target the entire body. All athletes are pre-screened at the start of every Trimester; giving me the opportunity to assess each athletes’ movement capabilities. By doing this each athlete will perform lifts that best cater to their movement abilities. Not every athlete is performing the same lift, but will be performing the same movement. An example of this: squatting. The back squat is a lift that has received some negative press. Do all of the athletes at GCHS squat? The answer is yes, but the type of squat varies for all. Every athlete is different, therefore; each athlete will squat differently. The movement is performed, but with a different external load. This goes for all of the main movements we perform in the Weight Room: squat, hinge, press, pull, and explosive.
Finally, the mental component is utilized. We have a comprehensive tracking protocol that our kids follow. Every day we record certain lifts: the amount of weight lifted and the amount of reps performed. This allows for consistent progress and progress that is done safely. I will also include certain challenges and competitions weekly. They range from individual competitions to team challenges. The athletes are athletes for a reason, they love to compete. During the monotony of the off season, competitions are a great way to break it up.
I truly believe that the Weight Room is one of the best places for the kids to reach their true God given potential. Like St. Irenaus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive” and what better way to be fully alive than to be both mentally and physically fit!
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2017 National Athletic Training Month:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN HONOR OF THE 17TH ANNUAL NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH, GUERIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SPECIAL VIP MEMBERS OF ITS MEDICAL TEAM.
DURING MARCH, ATHLETIC TRAINERS ACROSS AMERICA ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO HELPING PEOPLE PREVENT INJURIES AND STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE. ATHLETIC TRAINERS ARE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HIGHLY EDUCATED AND DEDICATED TO THE JOB AT HAND, ATHLETIC TRAINERS CAN BE FOUND IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, CORPORATIONS, PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, THE MILITARY, PERFORMING ARTS AND CLINICS, HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIAN OFFICES.
YOUR PROTECTION IS THEIR PRIORITY. GUERIN CATHOLIC WOULD LIKE TO SALUTE THE FOLLOWING ATHLETIC TRAINERS FOR PROVIDING QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR OUR ATHLETES EVERY DAY
Gavin Page and Kariel Hoagland
WE APPRECIATE YOU. JOIN ME IN APPLAUDING THESE HEROES AND IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH!