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Former Track & Field Coach Returns to Talk Injury Prevention

Former Gaels track and field coach Fiona Nugent picked a somewhat fortuitous week to return to the Prep when she spoke to Mr. Christopher Scarella's sophomore health classes on Oct. 10 about injury prevention. It was the Tuesday following the New York Giants 27-22 loss to the San Diego Chargers, a game in which the hometown favorites also lost four wide receivers to injury, including the electric Odell Beckham, Jr.

In the ensuing weeks, fans have seen the impact those injuries have had on the Giants' season. During Ms. Nugent's presentation, students got to witness a variety of injuries, as well as methods for treatment and prevention.

An orthopedic nurse practitioner, Nugent showed YouTube clips of the injuries to OBJ and the Kansas City Chief's Travis Kelce being put into the concussion protocol following a helmet-to-helmet hit. She also elicited a palpable groan from one class during a video from one of her patient sessions during which she pressed on a knee, only to have the entire lower leg shift backward to diagnose a completely torn PCL.

By show of hands, more than half the room had experienced at least some form of injury, which is why Nugent and registered nurse Kimberly Gaube, both from Columbia Orthopedics (which treats the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club), advocated for RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It was a timely discussion, as Mr. Scarella's classes had been learning about why a strong musculoskeletal system is necessary for our students to live an active and healthy life.

"For all teenagers, it is vitally important for them to be educated on how keep their bodies strong," said Mr. Scarella, who has participated in IronMan triathlons. "Hearing from Orthopedic Practioners helps educate our students on how to take proactive steps that will keep them healthy."