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Sports Medicine Overview
The athletic training room is staffed by two full-time New York State Licensed and NATABOC certified athletic trainers. Injury evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation occur throughout the school day and during athletic practices and games. Poly Prep’s certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are available for each practice and home competition.
John Pomponio-Careccia BS/MS, ATC and Alyssa Alaimo BS/MS, LAT, ATC are both graduates of LIU-Brooklyn’s Athletic Training program and are now clinical preceptors. Alyssa had worked with John as part of her clinical experience training while in college. The team also consists of a part-time physical therapist, James Cardello, PT, MPT, OCS, who helps with student-athlete rehab.
Students receive comprehensive classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experiences that develops their skills in the follow areas:
ATCs impact health care before, during, and after an injury occurs. Poly Prep’s ATCs are experts in injury and illness prevention. Poly’s ATCs spend nearly 50% of their time providing preventative health care. ATCs are also prepared to act in case of an emergency, such as sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke, or cervical spine injury. The most rewarding aspect of being a Poly ATC is helping a student-athlete or an arts performer back to their respective activity after sustaining an injury. Poly ATCs work collaboratively with other health care professionals to rehabilitate an active patient to work, life, and sport.
Significant areas of the Poly ATCs include:
John Pomponio-Careccia BS/MS, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3650
Education: Long Island University, BS/MS, ATC
John began at Poly in 2006 as the Head Athletic Trainer. In his years at Poly, John has overseen all Poly athletic teams and student-athletes as the Poly sports landscape has continued to grow. He is a certified American Red Cross and American Heart Association CPR instructor. He is currently also the Head Athletic Trainer for soccer club FA Euro. John is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and helped Poly attain NATA Safe Sports School status.
Alyssa Alaimo BS/MS, LAT, ATC
Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6074
Education: Long Island University, BS/MS, LAT, ATC
Alyssa started at Poly in 2018 working with all Poly athletic teams. She is a certified American Red Cross and American Heart Association CPR instructor. Prior to Poly, Alyssa has extensive experience working in physical therapy offices and was a student-intern for St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Read about what students have to say about Poly’s athletic trainers.