Athletics

Training, Performance, and Safety

Overview

Health and wellness of the individual student and adult within the community are an essential component of and focus for Episcopal High School. To this end, the athletic department provides a number of key services and programs to support these needs and efforts.

Strength & Conditioning

Strength and conditioning at Episcopal aims to enhance athletic performance by addressing the unique individual training needs of the athlete as they relate to his/her sport. Each athlete’s training is coordinated and individualized by the strength and conditioning coach for the athlete's present needs, as well as preparing for college athletics.

The program uses a multifaceted approach that focuses on injury prevention through teaching proper training technique with a goal to maximize the safe development of power and strength, flexibility, speed and agility and conditioning.

The strength and conditioning coach also provides lifting sessions for athletic teams each week that are specific to the team and tailored to their needs for that time of their season. Three trained student weight room monitors assist the coach each weekday. The weight room is open Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m., and on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Athletic Trainers

All participants in the athletic program also have access to two full-time certified athletic trainers, who are present during all practices and home games. They or other trainers are on hand for all away games as well. The trainers have an office located on the bottom floor of Hershey Athletics Center.

In addition, McAllister Health Center employs a full-time physician who serves as medical director for EHS as well as many nurses and two counselors.

EHS Athletic Trainers

List of 2 members.

Concussion Protocols

  • Letter to EHS Parents
    The following letter (PDF) from the Athletic Directors was sent to all EHS parents prior to the beginning of fall preseason athletics, outlining the School's philosophy and approach toward student health and well-being as it relates to concussions.
  • Concussion 101
    WITH MORE ATTENTION BEING PAID TO CONCUSSIONS, they’re no longer being thought of as simple “bumps on the head” or “bell-ringers.” Help keep young athletes protected by better understanding the symptoms, treatment and prevention of concussions.

Additional Health Resources

  • Beat the Heat Information
    Summer's high temperatures put student athletes at increased risk of heat illness. This flyer provides signs and symptoms as well as proper treatment and prevention practices.

Athletic Training at EHS

The athletic training room at EHS gives students access to state-of-the-art care often reserved for college and professional athletes. Two full-time certified athletic trainers are on staff and present for all home sporting events and practices. The training room is open approximately one hour before all practices and on-campus athletic competitions.


In the 2,050-square-foot training room, students have access to services including hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, electronic stimulation, ultrasound, first aid, and rehabilitative services. Episcopal High School was fortunate enough to be the first high school in the country to purchase a HydroTrack, an underwater treadmill system, giving students access to aquatic therapy when necessary.

Additionally, EHS has had a long-standing relationship with a local team orthopedist, Dr. Ben Kittredge, for over 15 years. Dr. Kittredge sets aside six appointments per week at his practice, Ortho Virginia, for Episcopal students, and he is present on the sidelines at every home football game.

Every aspect of our athletic training services helps to ensure that students can return to play in a safe and timely fashion after any injury.

The athletic trainers work in collaboration with both the athletic department and health services staff. They evaluate all athletic injuries and determine athletic status using consultation with the medical director when necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to report all sports-related injuries to an athletic trainer at the time of injury.

Injuries of an athletic nature, occurring during a school-sponsored activity (on or off campus), must be reported to the athletic trainers. Decisions regarding follow-up care, ongoing athletic training, and/or orthopedic consultation are at the discretion of the athletic training staff, in consultation with the medical director when indicated or necessary. In addition, the athletic trainers will make the determination regarding a student’s return to play and participation in daily athletics.