Athletic training has been a part of Providence College athletics for more the 70 years. Providence College's first athletic trainer was Mal Brown, who provided care to student-athletes dating back to the 1930's. Over the years, Athletic Training has expanded and grown along with the College's athletic department. From the days of Mal Brown to today, the Athletic Training department has evolved to a fully staffed, state-of-the-art, Sports Medicine Department with four, fully functional facilities.
Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine John Rock oversees the athletic training services with a staff that consists of five assistant athletic trainers and two graduate assistants. The entire staff is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, licensed by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation and has collectively more than 50 years of athletic training experience. Rock and his staff, along with a host of student athletic trainers, are responsible for the health and care of the 19 NCAA Division I sports at the College, which includes more than 300 student-athletes.
Each certified staff member is in charge of the health care of at least one varsity athletic team. These responsibilities include covering practice and competition as well as traveling with the team as deemed appropriate. Specifically, the athletic training staff is responsible for evaluating and assessing athletic injuries, establishing treatment protocols, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries/illness, making medical referrals, and rendering first aid and emergency care as needed.
The athletic training department works in conjunction with several area physicians to provide the best care available for the student athletes. Family Health and Sports Medicine physicians Dr. Albert Puerini (Head Team Physician) and Dr. Mark Rosenberg provide primary care needs for student athletes. Orthopedic care is provided by Southcoast® Health Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine physicians Dr. Joe Lifrak and Dr. Chris Chihlas. North Smithfield Podiatry physician Dr. Jim Sullivan provides podiatric care, Dr. Larry Levin is the team dentist and Dr. Alan Sowa provides chiropractic care for student athletes. Also available are a host of medical consultants to meet specific needs ranging from cardiology to plastic surgery. Imaging and lab services are provided by Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and the MRI Centers of New England.
The athletic training staff utilizes four state-of-the-art facilities to treat and rehabilitate injured athletes. The Canavan Sports Medicine Center serves as the main athletic training room, which opened in the spring of 2007, and is located in Alumni Hall. It features new a rehabilitation area, physician examination rooms, office space for the staff, and a hydrotherapy room which includes a SwimEx rehab pool and two plunges for cold/hot therapy. There are two athletic training rooms in Schneider Arena, a new facility which is part of the new Bill and Emily Leary locker room complex for Women's Ice Hockey, and an expanded and renovated facility for Men's Ice Hockey. There is also a new facility in the Dunkin Donuts Center for Men's Basketball Team as part of the Dunk renovation.
The sports medicine team is committed to providing the most comprehensive and safest health care possible. Evaluations, treatments and rehabilitation are established for each individual, taking into consideration the sport in which the athlete participates. The primary goal of the Providence College Sports Medicine department is to return the athletes to their playing status prior to injury in the safest and quickest manner possible.
Southcoast Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Christopher Chihlas, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon Joseph Lifrak, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon Phone: 508-973-2227
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