Penn Charter strives to ensure each student-athlete's safety and well-being while participating in athletics.We employ the latest treatment and rehabilitation techniques and educate our student-athletes on overall body maintenance and care. We strive to return injured athletes to sports participation in the shortest but safest timeframe, placing their overall health and safety above all else.
We pride ourselves on a team approach to managing injuries and illnesses in our student body. Our team includes:
Two athletic trainers licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine
Collaboration with school nurses to ensure students’ specific needs are met in the classroom
Weekly injury clinic with CHOP sports medicine physicians
Easy access to some of the leading primary care and orthopedic physicians in the area
Athletic trainers are present on campus for all home competitions and during school-sanctioned practices. Penn Charter maintains relationships with many orthopedic groups in the Philadelphia area. The athletic trainers are clinical preceptors with Temple University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
Penn Charter was named First Team, Safe Sport School by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in 2015, the first school in the five county Philadelphia area to make First Team, and again in 2019. The commendation comes because PC "acted on all required and recommended elements of the Safe Sports School Checklist. First Team schools have gone above and beyond to help ensure the safety of their student athletes," says NATA.
Return to Play Policy
If your child is injured and has been seen by an emergency room technician, doctor or sports injury specialist (or will be out of school or practice for any length of time due to an injury sustained in either a practice, game or an out-of-school athletic activity), a note from that physician is needed to clear the athlete for full participation. If full clearance cannot be granted, all limitations must be listed for proper rehabilitation to take place by the Penn Charter ATCs, if able. Students will not be allowed to participate in athletic activities without a doctor’s note. Under no circumstances will a parental note suffice for return to participation.