Sports Medicine

In the ever-evolving world of medicine, it is crucial that health care providers understand their role in the larger health care system and make it a priority to foster strong collegial relationships between disciplines. Here at Tabor Academy, the Sports Medicine Department is working hard to build and strengthen these relationships as we work to modernize and define our scope of care. We believe it is our duty to function as part of a larger health care team in order to deliver effective and balanced medical and sports performance services for all Tabor student athletes.
The mission of the Tabor Academy Sports Medicine Department is to adapt evidence-based medicine and implement research driven sports performance programs in order to provide comprehensive health care to Tabor Academy student athletes. Working under the direction of the school physician, the certified athletic training and sports performance staff provides services for the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports related injuries as well as the execution of strength and conditioning programs. The sports medicine department is spread across two modern and spacious facilities. The athletic training room is located on the ground level of the Stone Gymnasium across from the equipment room and the sports performance fitness center is located at the entrance of the Fish Center.

Adam E Hernandez, MS ATC LAT 
Director of Sports Medicine
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Athletic Injury Evaluation Hours
 
Evaluations of athletic injuries are performed during the academic day.  An injured athlete can seek attention from the athletic trainer during lunch blocks (11:15 am- 1:15pm) in the Lillard Medicine Room or during the last block of the day (2:20 pm- 3:00 pm) in the Athletic Training Room (ATR). No appointments are necessary. If a student cannot make it for an evaluation at these times, please email sportsmedicine@taboracademy.org so a special time may be arranged.
 
 
Staff
Adam Hernandez
Director of Sports Medicine, Assistant Athletic Director
Adam Hernandez joined the Tabor Academy faculty in 2011. He earned his B.S. in Kinesiology: Athletic Training from the University of New Hampshire and his M.S. in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. After completing graduate school he returned to New Hampshire where he participated in a very competitive and unique athletic training fellowship at the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute in Manchester, NH. He then worked briefly with Boston College Football before leaving to serve as the head athletic trainer for the US Olympic Luge team in Lake Placid, NY and in Europe.

Adam has conducted research, written extensively, and has published work in professional journals on the management and care of cervical spine injuries. He has also managed the strength and conditioning programs in a variety of setting across multiple skill levels ranging from high school to Olympic level athletes. In his role as Director of Sports Medicine at Tabor Academy he is responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties of the department and providing athletic training care to the student population. His clinical specialties include: emergency injury management, manual therapy, muscle energy, Graston Technique, and sports specific rehab. 

Samantha Riddle
Rehabilitation Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Samantha joined the Tabor Faculty in 2013, after graduating with her masters in Sports Medicine, concentrating in Athletic Training from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. While in graduate school, Samantha worked at Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado as their Assistant Athletic Trainer. She earned her BS in Athletic Training with a minor in strength and conditioning coaching from the University of Delaware.

While in college, Samantha worked with a variety of sports, including, track and field, tennis, football, soccer, and lacrosse. The summer of ’10 Samantha interned as a Student Athletic Trainer with Mike Cook at the Skating Club of Boston where she gained practical experience in evaluation, functional rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. As part of her clinical rotations at the University of Delaware, Samantha interned at Christiana Care Physical Therapy in the fall of ’10. There she gained additional experience in general population and sport specific rehabilitation. In the winter and spring of ’11, Samantha interned as a strength and conditioning assistant to Jeff Schneider at the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club. During her senior year, Samantha worked and traveled with UD’s Mens Lacrosse team through their CAA Championship and run in the NCAA Division 1 tournament. In the summer of ’12 Samantha rejoined the Skating Club of Boston as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach. There she was able to enhance her functional rehabilitation competencies and improve her strength and conditioning skills.

Samantha works in the athletic department as the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is a dorm parent in Heath and lives on campus in Tembroke Studio Apartment.

Brian Torres
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Brian is a ’07 graduate of Bridgewater State College receiving a BS in Athletic Training.  While completing his undergraduate degree Brian participated in clinical experiences at Bridgewater State College, Wheaton College and Stonehill College.  Brian was also a member of the Bridgewater State College Olympic Weightlifting Club and had the opportunity to compete throughout New England.
 
During the summer of 2007 Brian had the opportunity to work as the Athletic Trainer for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League.  And in 2008 Brian joined Southcoast Hospitals and had Athletic Training assignments to Bishop Connolly High School, Bristol Community College, and The New Bedford Baysox of the New England College Baseball League. 

Recently Brian has been working toward a MS in Strength and Conditioning from Bridgewater State University and has had the opportunity to intern at Athletes Equation in Cumberland, RI and Salve Regina University.

Brian is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATABOC, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.
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