Sports Medicine

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

Trainers are present on campus for all home competitions and during practices. Penn Charter maintains relationships with many orthopedic groups in the Philadelphia area, namely 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. 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.

Training Room

Training Room

Penn Charter's athletic training room, located in Dooney Field House, is open daily during the school day for the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of our student-athletes.

Students should contact Jess Rawlings directly (jrawlings@penncharter.com) to schedule an appointment. Hours immediately after school are reserved for taping, wrapping and prepping those athletes who need to get to games and practices. 

Physician Care

Penn Charter is affiliated with leaders in the sports medicine field.

Arthur Bartolozzi MD, a prominent orthopedic physician, partner in 3B Orthopedics, and former PC parent, is the supervising physician for the athletics department. In conjunction with 3B Orthopedics and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Charter is provided with a sports medicine fellow who sees student-athletes at Penn Charter.

Sports Medicine Clinic at Penn Charter

Each week a sports medicine fellow, who works directly with physicians at both 3B Orthopedics and CHOP, is present in the athletic training room on campus. This partnership allows student-athletes to be evaluated by a physician in a timely fashion. This quick access to care allows students to progress through the concussion protocol, receive treatment in an easily-accessible environment, and hasten access to further care and evaluation if warranted. 

Injury and Return to Play Policies

What Happens When a Student Is Injured?

When a student-athlete is injured, they must report to the athletic trainer (ATC) immediately to receive proper treatment and to prevent injuries from becoming more serious. The injured athlete should see the ATC daily for their required treatment and will be cleared by the ATC for practice and games when the injury has resolved. The athlete may not return to play until the ATC has cleared him or her for participation. If the athlete has seen a physician for a particular injury, they must provide a written note from the doctor for return to play to the ATC. The ATC will communicate with parents about their child's injury, and parents are welcome to contact the ATC at any time regarding progress.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Return to Play

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act is a law intended to keep student-athletes safe while practicing or playing. The requirements of the Act 59 are:

  • Any student-athlete who has signs or symptoms of SCA must be removed from play. The symptoms can happen before, during or after activity. Play includes all athletic activity.
  • Before returning to play, the athlete must be evaluated. Clearance to return to play must be in writing. The evaluation must be performed by a licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or cardiologist (heart doctor). The licensed physician or certified registered nurse practitioner may consult any other licensed or certified medical professional. 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Preparedness

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? 

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is when the heart stops beating, suddenly and unexpectedly. When this happens blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is NOT a heart attack. A heart attack may cause SCA, but they are not the same. A heart attack is caused by a blockage that stops the flow of blood to the heart. SCA is a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system, causing the heart to suddenly stop beating.

More Information

 

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. 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.