Athletic Training – Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainer: Brian Fabries MS, ATC

Brian Fabries:, 765-414-2899

IU Health Physicians: 765-448-8700

MHS Team Physician: Dr. Jeffrey Wang

MHS Team Orthopedic Surgeon: Dr. Peter Seymour, Dr. Joseph Hubbard

Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open on school days from the end of school (final bell) until events end and on Saturdays as needed.

Summer Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open Monday through Friday 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm throughout the summer for athletes who get injured and need assessed over summer break.

What is Athletic Training: Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Who are Athletic Trainers: Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

Our Roles: To provide care for our athletes and visiting athletes. We evaluate injuries, provide first aid, rehabilitation and taping/bracing as necessary. We are available for every athlete after school to address any problems they may be experiencing. A decision will be made on whether an athlete can participate and if their injury requires them to visit a doctor. We will not allow any athlete to continue to play if the Athletic Trainer believes they may harm themselves further.

What we expect from parents: We expect to work together to care for your child. Please notify the Athletic Trainer if your athlete was injured during a practice, game or even at home so that we may be aware of the injury. This is preferable by email unless you need to talk to us directly. If you have questions regarding your athlete’s injury, please feel free to call, email or visit by appointment to discuss it further.

If your athlete is seen by a doctor regarding an injury or other reason affecting their participation in sports, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that a note indicating your athlete’s current participation status and continuing needs are conveyed in writing by their doctor and brought to the athletic trainer in a timely manner.

Physicals: Physicals must be on the IHSAA form. Physicals must be dated after April 1st to be eligible for the following year. Physicals MUST be signed by a doctor and must include the doctor’s license #. They also must have the athlete and a parent signature on them. Athletic physical nights are held annually at McCutcheon High School.

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Concussions: Any athlete exhibiting symptoms of a concussion will be required to see a doctor. Once cleared to return to participation, the athlete will be required to pass an appropriate return to play progression. More detail will be given out if this situation arises.  It is the responsibility of the athlete to discontinue participation and to self-report any symptoms of a concussion to the athletic trainer as soon as they notice them. All athletes and parents should read the concussion fact sheets below for more information.  If parents/guardians still want to conduct IMPACT testing for their athlete, it will need to be completed at your physician’s office.

Participation following an injury:

IHSAA Rule 9-14: Practice Attendance Required to Participate in a Contest

A student-athlete shall attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled practice sessions to be eligible for inter-school athletic competition. If, as a result of a school strike, student suspension, athletic suspension, health limitation or other similar reasons, a student shall fail to attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled practice sessions, such student shall be required to complete the following prior to participation:

  • Attendance and active participation in preseason practices, if applicable;
  • Attendance and active participation in four (4) school-supervised practice sessions of normal length, which shall occur on four (4) separate days prior to the day of the contest, if the student fails to attend and actively participate in more than four (4) but less than eleven (11) consecutive days of regularly scheduled practice
  • Attendance and active participation in Six (6) school supervised Practice sessions of normal length, which shall occur on Six (6) separate days prior to the day of the Contest, if the student fails to attend and actively participate in more than Ten (10) consecutive days of regularly scheduled practice

Interpretation of Rule 9-14:

Days Missed # of Practices Required

5 to 10 days – 4 practices

More than 10 days – 6 practices

Nutrition/Hydration: We will provide water for all the athletes for home games.

Hygiene: Please remind your athletes about good hygiene. Athletes must shower as soon as possible after every practice and game. Athletes should not share towels (send one with your athlete), soap or deodorant. Please make sure they are bringing home their gear and properly disinfecting it on a weekly basis. It is helpful to send your athlete with disinfecting wipes to store in their locker for daily use. Washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water helps prevent the spread of infection.

HeadStrong Concussion Insurance: McCutcheon High School participates in the HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Program (at no cost to our athletes). Protecting our athletes from injury is one of our highest priorities. The fact is there are inherent risks when participating in sports, and when concussion injuries do occur it is our hope that our athletes can receive effective medical care. Whether this insurance policy provides gap or excess coverage or provides coverage when no insurance policy exists, its purpose is to ensure that our athletes can afford comprehensive neurological/concussion care to aide their return to the field, courts, and classroom. Program Highlights Include: $25,000 Accident Medical Concussion Coverage $0 Deductible and no Co-pays Telemed Services Provided No restrictions on specific doctors; no referrals needed for treatment No internal limits or specific procedure maximums Neurological follow up care Assists with high deductible primary insurance plans.

Our ATC, Brian Fabries ( will serve as our main point of contact and school administrator (incident report needs to be signed by a school administrator; ATC or AD)

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