Sports Medicine

Since 1995, Detroit Country Day School has staffed experienced, full-time athletic trainers tending to the needs of a busy, successful, interscholastic athletic program.

Currently, our two full-time Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) provide sports medicine services primarily to our Upper and Middle Schools, which consists of 107 active teams.  These services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Injury evaluation
  • First aid and primary emergency care
  • Rehabilitative exercise prescription
  • Preventative stretching programs
  • Facilitation of specialized medical care
  • Consultation on our programs’ strength and conditioning
  • Post-injury/postoperative rehabilitation
  • Determining return-to-play eligibility after injury
  • Mentoring of students interested in medical professions 

Our athletic trainers are dedicated to maintaining the health of the Yellowjacket student athlete through many of the services listed above.  We pride ourselves on working closely with the student athlete, parent, coaching staff, medical professional, and faculty in order to effectively provide efficient medical care to our Detroit Country Day School student athletes.

Athletic Training Room

Student-athletes receive athletic injury evaluation, assessment of need for further medical referral, athletic rehabilitation, and injury prevention strategies as part of their services in the Athletic Training Room.

This is typically done during lunch, "free-blocks' in the afternoon, and during the after-school scheduled hours.

When one of our ATC's determines that additional medical referral is needed for the student-athlete, one or both of the parents will be contacted to discuss options. 

All athletic rehabilitation is done under the direction of the student-athlete's treating physician, or one of DCDS' team physicians.

Hours of Operation

  • Days of no home athletic events - 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Days of home athletic events - 11:30 a.m. - end of home athletic event.
  • Weekends - dictated by practices and events at DCDS.

Event & Practice Coverage

  • All home upper and middle school events will have access to an athletic trainer (ATC) on campus during the time of their competition.
  • Location of the ATC during the day is dictated by the degree of contact or collisions expected during the sports competing simultaneously, as well as emergent calls to athletic events that require our ATC's services.  In any case, all DCDS athletic staff have mobile and office phone access to our ATC's.
  • DCDS ATC's provide away event coverage to Varsity Football, Varsity Men's Ice Hockey, and Varsity Men's Lacrosse when home event coverage schedule will allow.  At times, we will send an ATC with an Upper Sschool team that may be competing at a site that we expect there will not be any medical coverage provided.

Return to Play After Injury

Student-athletes that required further medical evaluation (MD, DO, DDS, neurologist, neuropsychologist, etc.) as a result of an injury participating for DCDS athletics MUST HAVE A CLEARANCE NOTE FROM THE TREATING PHYSICIAN in order to return to athletic activity.

Concussion Testing Program

DCDS utilizes the ImPACT Concussion Testing Program in order to provide the highest level of concussion care to our student athletes.  ImPACT is a computerized, neurocognitive test that our athletic trainers administer to our middle and upper school student-athletes to keep on file as a "Baseline" measurement of visual memory, verbal memory, and reaction time.

If a student-athlete happens to sustain a concussion during athletic activity, the physicians and athletic trainers involved in his/her medical care then typically take a post-injury test in order to determine the student-athlete's neurocognitive status as a result of the concussion.

Use of the ImPACT testing gives the clinician another tool, along with physical examination, to make safe return-to-play recommendations for the student- athlete.

This is the same technology for concussion care recently adopted by the NFL, NHL, US Lacrosse, and the NBA when treating their athletes.

For more information about the ImPACT Concussion Testing Program, please see:

Partnership with Henry Ford Health Systems

For over ten years, Detroit Country Day School has counted on Henry Ford Hospital for support of our Sports Medicine program.  This includes, but is not limited to, additional athletic trainer coverage, on-site physician coverage and training room visitations, staffing of summer pre-participation physicals, expedited student-athlete care through the Henry Ford Health System, and development of injury prevention and health promotion programs relevant to our student-athletes.  To learn more about the HFHS Sports Medicine program and their broad range of local high school and college affiliations, please visit:

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Meet the Team

Three individuals posing for picture in training room

Ross Cooper, Kady O'Connell, Andrew Hughes

Ross J. Cooper, MA, AT, ATC
Associate Director of Athletics
Head Athletic Trainer

Andrew Hughes, M.Ed, AT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Kady O'Connell, MS, AT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer