Athletic Training

Award Winning Student Aide:

Congratulations to SAHS Athletic Training Student Aide, Frankie Sefcik, for being honored as a 2016 recipient of the American Youth Character Award!

Frankie Sefcik, Daughter of Robert and Jill Sefcik

Frankie Sefcik, Daughter of Robert and Jill Sefcik


Injury Prevention Series:

ACL Tear Prevention, a good resource to those who would like to train to reduce the probability of an ACL tear.

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Health Tip of the Month:

Subungual Hematoma:  What is it, and how to fix them

What is it?

A subungual hematoma is a bruise which occurs underneath the fingernail and/or toenail.  After injury, blood accumulates underneath the nail.  The pressure from the blood accumulation is very painful, and can cause the nail to fall off in a few days.

How to fix them:

Within 24 hours from injury, take a needle or unbent paperclip and heat it under a flame.  Once hot, gently place the hot tool to the affected nail.  Light pressure applied will allow the hot tool to burn through the nail.  Don’t worry, nails do not have nerve endings (you won’t feel a thing).  After applying light pressure, you will feel a noticeable “pop”.  This pop means that a hole has been burned in the nail.  Place the tool in a safe place and take a tissue/gauze pad/etc and begin to lightly squeeze the toe.  Blood should come out of the hole.  Once blood stops coming through the hole, cover the area with a bandage and keep it clean to avoid infection.

If you wait longer than 24 hours to burn a hole, the chances of relieving pressure in the nail decrease.  Once the blood is out, and the pressure is decreased, you should begin to feel a drop in pain level.


2015 Athletic Training Student Aides

(pictured left to right) Lily Deeter, Kayla Parente, Frankie Sefcik, Elizabeth Cheiky, Kiara Wright, Cassidy Conner, Shelley Ballou (not pictured Kaitlyn Meeks, Berkeley Peterson)

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Lily Deeter, Kayla Parente, Frankie Sefcik, Elizabeth Cheiky, Caleb Farrell, Kiara Wright, Cassidy Conner, Shelley Ballou (not pictured Kaitlyn Meeks, Berkeley Peterson)


A huge THANK YOU to the following SAHS Sports Medicine Sponsors:

  • Florida Sports Medicine Institute
  • Saltwater Properties, Inc.
  • Salomon Services
  • Press Play Media



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