- Introducing the TAS Sports Medicine Team
- What is an Athletic Trainer?
- Book an Appointment (Required)
- Concussion Information
- Prehab & Rehab Videos
- Health Tips for Online Learning
- Newletters & Presentations
Welcome to another season of sports! Please know that as a student-athlete, your protection and performance remains a top priority for TAS Sports Medicine. Our team is composed of certified athletic trainers. Our responsibilities are to provide comprehensive and accessible health care to student-athletes.
Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are considered one of the many medical professionals that make up the multidisciplinary team approach to sports medicine. We aim to optimize the safety, health, and performance of all student-athletes and sports teams.
TAS has two athletic training facilities located in room 2C33A of the Liu Lim Arts Center and room 2H29 of the Hennessy Upper School Building. Here, we provide sports medicine services for our student-athletes throughout the day as well as after school. Our athletic trainer(s) will be on campus for all TAS-sponsored activities where there is a higher risk of injury.
If you are injured or have concerns about their health, please book an online appointment (see link below). Delivering early and effective health care interventions has been shown to lead to better outcomes! We will communicate with your parents if a serious injury arises or if we see you frequently.
TAS is committed to providing you with unparalleled access to quality health care from our sports medicine team. GO TIGERS!
The Taipei American School Sports Medicine Department strives to deliver traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes of Taipei American School. The services provided to the student-athlete can be divided into four areas: 1.) Prevention of athletic injuries, 2.) Recognition, evaluation, and treatment of athletic injuries and illnesses. 3.) Rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries incurred by student athletes. 4.) Health and wellness education.
Priority for appointments with the athletic trainers is listed below from highest priority to lowest priority.
I. In-season student-athletes who sustain injuries in TAS-sponsored athletics activities
II. In-season student-athletes who have sustained injuries outside of TAS-sponsored athletics activities
III. Out-of-season student-athletes who sustain injuries in TAS-sponsored athletics activities
IV. Out-of-season student-athletes who have sustained injuries outside of TAS-sponsored athletics activities
V. Faculty and staff
VI. Students who do not participate in TAS athletics programs
ImPACT Concussion Testing
What is a concussion?
A concussion is defined as a series of complex pathophysiological processes affecting the brain by traumatic biomechanical forces. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), “traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions. “These changes may lead to problems with memory and communications, personality changes, as well as occasional depression. It can result in a variety of symptoms and often does not involve loss of consciousness. Even a “ding”, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can result in a concussion.
What is the ImPACT test?
ImPACT Concussion testing is a computer-based test that objectively measures the function of the brain, focusing on attention, memory, visual and verbal problem solving. The ImPACT test is one of the most effective ways to get an objective measurement of your child’s “normal” brain functions (reaction time and memory) in case there is an incident where they may have a concussion. Data from the ImPACT test is never used to compare students.
Who takes the ImPACT test?
Due to the risk of head injury, every student-athlete participating in volleyball/soccer/basketball/baseball/softball at TAS will take the ImPACT test.
Why do we want you tested?
If an incident occurs that they get hit in the head and there is a risk of concussion, the ImPACT test will be administered the next school day to see if there are any deficits in addition to reporting symptoms of concussion. This information can be used to better support students return to school and athletics at an appropriate pace and with appropriate accommodations.
The ImPACT test is NOT:
A diagnostic test. ImPACT is one tool that can be used by medical professionals to help measure an individual’s recovery from a concussion.
A one-step solution to concussions
A preventative tool. Nothing can truly prevent concussions.
A substitute for medical treatment or management
A replacement for a CAT scan, MRI, or other medical technology
MAT, ATC, NREMT, CES
Head Athletic Trainer
Caleb is native to the western region of North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Mars Hill University. Upon graduation, Caleb accepted a graduate assistant athletic trainer position at the University of South Carolina working in a variety of settings for the athletic department. While there, Caleb also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Physical Education. Since his professional journey began, he has been a Board of Certification athletic trainer (2009), South Carolina certified physical education teacher (2012), National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (2018). Prior to joining TAS, Caleb served as the athletic trainer for seven years at Shanghai American School.
With a student-athlete-centered philosophy, Caleb’s approach goes beyond the prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries to encompass the total well-being of each active participant. Caleb is joined in Taipei by his wife and two children. They enjoy traveling, exploring new cuisines, and outdoor adventures. GO TIGERS!
BS in Athletic Training - Mars Hill University
MA in Teaching (Physical Education) - University of South Carolina
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)
Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
MS, ATC, CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer
TK has previous international experience as the athletic trainer for Shanghai Community International School-Pudong. Before moving to Asia, she worked for BHS Healthlink Outpatient Rehab clinic in San Antonio, Texas where she assisted in the physical therapy department. TK holds a master's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Texas State University San Marcos. While studying in Corpus Christi, she served as the athletic trainer for the university's NCAA Division I women's volleyball and golf teams.
Additionally, TK holds certifications in ImPACT concussion baseline testing and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Her passions include positively impacting young athletes and increasing awareness about the athletic training profession. In pursuit of her passions, she will advocate for student-athlete safety as they work hard and compete in TAS athletics. In her free time, TK enjoys a variety of activities that include playing board games and trying her hand in the kitchen at new recipes. She likes to stay active by playing recreational basketball and sand volleyball.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Conor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Asia, he worked as the assistant athletic trainer at Wellesley College, and served as the athletic trainer for two Massachusetts junior hockey organizations. During his time at Wellesley, he provided care to varsity student-athletes from all 14 of the NCAA Division III teams. Additionally, Conor provided athletic training services to a wide range of patients at Mass Sport & Spine Physical Therapy and worked per diem at Boston College.
During his time at UVM, Conor gained experience as a student athletic trainer with various high schools in the Burlington, Vermont area. This is where he acquired his passion for assisting developmental student-athletes to achieve their goals, and maintain success both on and off the playing field.
Conor has been a certified athletic trainer since 2016, and joined the TAS Sports Medicine department in the 2019-2020 school year.