Athletic Training

Knox takes safety seriously. We provide a full-time athletic trainer who works with our strength and conditioning coaches to help assist our athletes in developing for the next level.

Meet Danielle

Danielle Johnston is a NYS Licensed and BOC Certified Athletic Trainer. Danielle earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Dominican College in 2013. During her time at Dominican, Danielle was a member of the Division II Volleyball team for the four years she was there. After graduating, Danielle joined the Hughston Foundation Athletic Training Fellowship located in Columbus, Georgia in 2014. During her time with the Hughston Foundation, Danielle earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from the University of North Georgia. While obtaining her Master’s, Danielle was the Head Athletic Trainer for Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia for two years. Danielle is entering her first year as the Head Athletic Trainer at The Knox School.

Concussion Guidelines & Procedures


Concussion education should be provided for all administrators, teachers, coaches, school nurses, athletic trainers and guidance counselors. Education of parents should be accomplished through preseason meetings for sports and/ or information sheets provided to parents. Education should include, but not be limited to the definition of concussion, signs and symptoms of concussion, how concussions may occur, why concussions are not detected with CT Scans or MRI’s, management of the injury and the protocol for return to school and return to activity or interscholastic athletics. The protocols will cover all students returning to school after suffering a concussion regardless if the accident occurred outside of school or while participating in a school activity.

Concussion Management Team

The Knox School prepares handling Concussions by training all administrators, teachers, coaches. Training is mandatory for all coaches, assistant coaches and volunteer coaches that work with these student athletes regularly. In addition, information related to concussions should also be included at parent meetings or in information provided to parents at the beginning of sports seasons. Parents need to be aware of the school district’s policy and how these injuries will ultimately be managed by school officials.

Training includes: signs and symptoms of concussions, post concussion and second impact syndromes, return to play and school protocols, and available area resources for concussion management and treatment. Particular emphasis should be placed on the fact that no athlete will be allowed to return to play the day of injury and also that all athletes should obtain appropriate medical clearance prior to returning to play or school.

The CMT (which consist of the school nurse and Doctor) will act as a liaison for any student returning to school and/or play following a concussion. The CMT will review and/or design an appropriate plan for the student while the student is recovering.

*The Knox School can utilize the NYSPHSAA website as well as for information related to the signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate return to play protocols. A handout describing the Concussion Management teams is also available on the NYSPHSAA website. A Concussion Management Check List that has been approved and recommended by NYSPHSAA is available on this site.

Concussion Management Protocol

Return to play following a concussion involves a stepwise progression once the individual is symptom free. There are many risks to premature return to play including: a greater risk for a second concussion because of a lower concussion threshold, second impact syndrome (abnormal brain blood flow that can result in death), exacerbation of any current symptoms, and possibly increased risk for additional injury due to alteration in balance. These NYSPHAA current returns to play recommendations are based on the most recent international expert opinion.* No student athlete should return to play while symptomatic. Students are prohibited from returning to play the day the concussion is sustained. If there is any doubt as to whether a student has sustained a concussion, it should be treated as a concussion. Once the student athlete is symptom free at rest for 24 hours and has a signed release by the treating clinician, she/he may begin the return to play progression below (provided there are no other mitigating circumstances).

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