All Waynflete athletes are welcome to see the athletic trainer prior to practices and games with medical questions or concerns. Middle school and high school athletes are encouraged to seek treatment before discomfort/ injury worsens.
Athletes are welcome to see the athletic trainer for injury evaluation, rehabilitation, acute and chronic injury care, etc. Waynflete provides a certified athletic trainer during practices and games to assist with injury prevention, give immediate treatment at the time injuries occur, and to refer to physicians when needed. The sports medicine team will work with athletes, coaches and parents to prevent injuries and also to return each athlete quickly and safely to sports participation.
Athletes should arrive early for treatment before practices and games. Athletes may seek treatment Monday – Friday after 2:00 p.m. until the last athletic event of the day. Non-school-day treatment times will vary depending on practice times.
Nakita (Niki) Baldic is Waynflete School’s athletic trainer. Niki graduated from Castleton State College (now Castleton University) with a BS in Athletic Training and a second major in Health Science. Niki has worked as an athletic trainer and Sports Medicine Specialist in central Florida prior to continuing her career in New England.
Athletic Training Room
Phone Number: Office: 207- 774- 7863 x1256
Fax Number: 207-772- 4782
Sports Participation Requirements
Information and Exercises
Preventing ankle injuries
The stronger the muscles are around the joint—this will help to protect from injury along with stretching through load. Progress gradually in resistance to gain strength over time.
- Monster walks w. mini band
- Side steps w. mini band
- Single-leg bridges
- Bunny hops (fwd, bwd- extra fun!)
- Shoulder with apart lateral jumps
- Clam shells w. mini band
- And so much more!!! See ATC or S&C Coach for further progression/ recommendations—we’re here to help!
Please see athletic trainer for:
- Injures or returning back from injury.
- Questions or needing collaboration with S&C coach approach
Reducing ACL Tears and Sprains
Strong lower leg, hip, core musculature may help to prevent an ACL tear. Strength and conditioning along with proper form with sport specific movements, flexibility, agility, and understanding proper landing from a jump may help in preventing a knee injury.
Programs such as Sportsmetrics and FIFA 11+ that are best completed over a 6-week period, 3 days/week for 1–2 hours on non-consecutive days leading up to the season.
- Dynamic warm – up
- Jump training progression (feet & knees hip distance apart-quiet landing)
- Strengthening hamstrings, hips, core, lower legs
For more information, please visit Sportsmetrics.org or ask an athletic trainer.
Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome
PFPS (Patellar femoral pain syndrome) is a condition that is found in children and adolescents from about ages 10 to 16. It occurs most often in children who have grown a significant amount in a short period of time, when the muscles haven’t had sufficient time to catch up to the new length of the bones. They experience pain most often in the patellar tendon below the knee cap. Other causes can be a weak VMO (inner quadriceps muscle), an imbalance between the VMO and other quad muscles, or weak hip muscles.
STRETCH routinely 3–5x/ day during high growth (adolescent years).
Hold stretch with weight through limb when possible. Lacrosse/tennis balls work wonders for mobility. Foam rolling prior and post activity. Hand roller may also help.
Load tendons thoughtfully—feel free to see athletic trainer for more questions and information.
Example of safe tendon loading:
- Sit with back against wall; knees and hips bent at 90 degrees
- Squeeze medicine ball between knees/or complete a corner wall sit for glute medius activation—fun fun!
- Hold position until failure. Repeat 3x/ 2-days
If an athlete sustains a concussion (or is suspected of having had one); please contact Stacey Sevelowitz (207.774.5721, ext.1289) and Athletic Trainer Niki Baldic (207.774.5721, ext.1256) as soon as possible.
Concussions may range from mild, moderate, to severe in nature. It is important to be aware that any child/ person that has sustained a hit to the head and displays signs and/ or symptoms of concussion should be evaluated by a medical professional (preferably trained in concussion management; i.e. sports medicine physician, neurologist, etc.) – on the sidelines of an athletics field/ venue- ask for your child to be evaluated by an athletic trainer (sports medicine healthcare professional) if present. The athletic trainer will be able to evaluate your child at the time of the hit and can recommend if immediate emergency care is needed- or if it is safe to wait until the next day for a non-emergent physician evaluation to be made. You are welcome to ask any/ all questions at the time of injury and if needing further clarification to best help your child’s recovery.
School policy requires students with concussions to be seen by a physician before returning to school. Please have the physician note of academic (return-to-learn) and physical accommodations (return-to-play) faxed to: 207.772.4782. Student-athletes may not return to physical activity until being cleared by a physician and following the Return-to-Play- Concussion Protocol administered by the athletic trainer.
- A concussion is a brain injury – all are serious; and may become serious if they are NOT treated appropriately; i.e. a child with signs or symptoms of concussion does NOT return to a game/ competition to eliminate the risk of ‘second impact syndrome’- a potentially fatal injury that occurs when an athlete sustains a second head injury before a previous head injury has completely healed as a result of swelling in the brain.
- Most concussions occur with no loss of consciousness.
- “When in doubt, sit them out.” – It is better to miss one game, then to risk medical complications, and in severe cases, death.
- If concussion is suspected, do not give ibuprofen/Advil/Excedrin until cleared by a physician (it is important to know if headache and/ or signs or symptoms of concussion are worsening- if signs or symptoms of concussion do WORSEN- GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM- THIS MAY BE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY!)
Look for Signs and Symptoms of Concussion in your Child
You may refer to this Concussion Symptom Scale as a tool to track your child’s daily symptoms and be sure to follow the recommendations of your physician.
If your child exhibits worsening signs and/or symptoms of concussion (examples below, but are not limited to), TAKE THEM TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY!
- Worsening headache
- Worsening vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Exhibiting abnormal behavior
- Difficulty/slurred speech
More information can be found at: