Athletic Training

Below you will find frequently asked questions about Athletic Training at Overlake, as well as information on the school's concussion and return-to-play protocols.

When should you see an Athletic Trainer?

Athletes should get to know their Certified Athletic Trainer when they are healthy and have no complaints of injury/illness—you never know when you might need their help.

Injuries for any Overlake School Student (whether occurring in school or not) can be assessed and treated by the Overlake School Certified Athletic Trainer (in conjunction with your physician, physical therapist, etc.).

Any and all head injuries MUST be reported to the Overlake School Certified Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer works in conjunction with Learning Support Services and the administration to facilitate a return to academics following a head injury.

All returns to Overlake Athletics following a head injury MUST go through the Certified Athletic Trainer if participating in an Overlake team sport. The athletic trainer can also guide RTP (return to play) decisions for a student participating in a non- Overlake sport or activity.

Who is Overlake's Athletic Trainer?

Overlake's Athletic Trainer is Kim Stevens.  Kim holds B.S. degrees in both Athletic Training and Exercise Science, from Linfield College, and and M.A. in Post-Professional Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She conducted undergraduate research on the plank exercise and completed her Master's thesis on training load effects on shoulder mechanics.  Additionally, she is interested in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and correcting muscle imbalance to reduce injury.

What do Athletic Trainers do?

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 in collaboration with a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs for patients.

The scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Trainer falls within the Five Domains of Athletic Training.

  1. Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
  2. Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  3. Immediate and emergency care
  4. Treatment and rehabilitation
  5. Organizational and professional health and wellbeing

*More detailed information regarding scope of practice can be downloaded here.

How do you become an Athletic Trainer?

To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) one must graduate from a bachelors or entry-level masters degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The candidate must then pass the national certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC).

Overlake's Concussion Protocol

Overlake Athletic Training administers IMPACT baseline testing for US students participating in the following sports: soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, ultimate frisbee, and lacrosse. We also administer Sway balance testing for all teams except golf.

Baseline testing must be completed every two years and must be completed before the start of the season. To schedule a baseline test contact Overlake’s Athletic Trainer.

Please note: The Certified Athletic trainer will oversee the RTP process and make decisions regarding progression in the protocol and final clearance. Final clearance for RTP for Overlake Student-Athletes must be given by the Certified Athletic Trainer.

5-step Graduated Exertional Return to Play Protocol

This exertional protocol allows a gradual increase in volume and intensity during the return to play process. The athlete is monitored for any concussion-like signs/symptoms during and after each exertional activity, The following steps are NOT all to be performed on the same day.  In some cases, steps 1, 2, or 3, (or even 4) may be completed on the same day, but typically will occur over multiple days. Steps 4 and 5 will each be performed on separate and subsequent days.

  • Exertion Step 1:

    • 20 minute stationary bike ride (10-14 MPH)
  • Exertion Step 2:
    • Interval bike ride: 30 sec sprint (18-20 MPH/10-14 MPH) / 30 sec recovery x10
    • Bodyweight circuit: squats/push-ups/sit-ups x20 sec x3
  • Exertion Step 3:
    • 60 yard shuttle run x10 (40 sec rest)
    • Plyometric workout: 10 yard bounding / 10 medicine ball throws / 10 vertical jumps x3
    • Non-contact, sports-specific drills for approximately 15 minutes
  • Exertion Step 4:
    • Limited, controlled return to non-contact practice and monitoring for symptoms
  • Exertion Step 5:
    • Full sport participation in a practice


Kim Stevens
Athletic Trainer
425-868-6191 x625