Athletic Training

The Athletic Trainers at Hopkins School are dedicated to providing quality healthcare to all students and members of the Hopkins community. We strive to maintain a healthy environment through injury recognition, prevention, management and rehabilitation. The Athletic Trainers at Hopkins value the education of the student-athlete to better accomplish safe and timely return to play.

Meet the Athletic Trainers

List of 3 members.

  • Donald Bagnall 

    Assistant Dir. of Athletics/Head Athletic Trainer
    (203) 397-1001 x514
    Bio
  • Christina Balsamo 

    Assistant Athletic Trainer
    203.397.1001 x513
    Bio
  • Jillian Gleason 

    Assistant Athletic Trainer
    203.397.1001 x515
    Bio

FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What medical forms are needed for a new student at Hopkins upon entering?

    • Health Assessment Record (standard state blue form) or your doctor's equivalent of a well exam
      • If your child has a physical scheduled for AFTER the mailing deadline, please send in their most recent physical exam and send in the updated exam after completion
    • Medical History Questionnaire
    • Authorization for Medical or Surgical Treatment or Hospitalization (entering grades 7-8 OR 9-12)
    • Allergy Addendum, if applicable (must be signed by parent/guardian AND doctor)
    • Authorization for Medications at Hopkins, if applicable (must be signed by parent/guardian AND doctor)
  • What medical forms are needed for a returning student?

    • Health Assessment Records must be within 13 months of the last physical to be current. We require a current physical at all times.

    • Medical History Questionnaire

    • Authorization for Medical or Surgical Treatment or Hospitalization for grades 9-12 (entering 9th grade students)

    • Allergy Addendum, if applicable (must be signed by parent/guardian AND doctor)

    • Authorization for Medications at Hopkins, if applicable (must be signed by parent/guardian AND doctor)

     

  • Can my child receive medication from the athletic trainers?

    Over-the-Counter Medications
    Parents and the student’s physician must fill out the Authorization for Medications at Hopkins form (see link below) for their child to receive medication from the athletic trainers. We keep a limited stock of generic Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetominophen (Tylenol). Other over the counter medicines (i.e. allergy medications, cough drops, etc) must be provided by the parent/guardian. It is state law that we may not dispense medications to any child without the appropriate paper work. Phone permission is not valid.

     

    Prescription Medications

    Parents and the student’s physician must fill out the Authorization for Medications at Hopkins form (see link below) for their child to take prescription medications at school. Students may carry their own medication if the appropriate box is checked AND it is not a controlled substance (i.e. pain killers, ADD medications, etc).

    Authorization for Medication


     

  • Who provides health care to the students at Hopkins?

    Hopkins employs three athletic trainers, licensed by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health and nationally certified. Sometimes confused with personal trainers, athletic trainers require a higher degree of education (at least a Bachelor of Science degree) and specialize in athletic health care. Athletic trainers at Hopkins practice under the school’s consulting physicians. Hopkins’ athletic trainers Don Bagnall, Jillian Gleason and Christina Balsamo have over 35 years of combined experience in secondary school, clinic, collegiate and professional sports medicine settings.
  • If my son or daughter is injured during athletics, what can the athletic trainers do to help?

    Athletic Trainers are available for all home athletic events and offer on site assistance. Additionally, Hopkins has a well-equipped athletic training room with ice, heat, extremity whirlpools, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation and light laser. Also, there is equipment for therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation of muscular-skeletal injuries. Return to play is based upon the athletic trainer’s assessment of the student’s level of pain, range of motion, strength and functionality.
  • If my son or daughter has a non-athletic related illness, what can the athletic trainers do?

    Medical history is taken into account in conjunction with the presence, or absence, of a fever. Children may lie down for a period of time during which they are monitored to see if their condition improves and whether they are able to return to class. If a fever is present, or if symptoms have not improved within an acceptable period of time, he or she is sent home. The athletic trainers will notify the appropriate Head Adviser or administrative assistant of the child’s status. Athletic trainers cannot dispense medications of any kind without an Authorization for Medications at Hopkins form on file (see link below). Please refer to school handbook for more details.

    Authorization for Medication

Medical Resources






Medical Forms due Annually

  • Health Assessment Record
    This form is collected on a rolling basis.  Physicals are valid for 13 months.  All new students are required to submit a current physical.  We will inform you, in writing, when your child is due for a new physical.
  • Medical History Questionnaire
    This form is due at the beginning of each school year.
  • Authorization for Emergency Allergy Treatment
    This form is required for students who need emergency medication (i.e. Benedryl, Epi-Pen, etc.) in the case of an allergic reaction.  It MUST be signed by both a parent and physician.
  • Authorization for Medication
    This form is required for students who would like to take any kind of medication during the school day; this includes both prescription and over the counter medications. It MUST be signed by both a parent and a physician.

Additional Medical Forms

Emergency Procedures