Spring Athletic Clinic 2023: Mental and Physical Wellness for Athletes On and Off Season
Join The Prescription Playbook to hear from an experienced panel of speakers to discuss ways to help support student athletes both in season and off season. The link between physical health and mental health is the key to helping student athletes reach their optimal performance while staying healthy.
Coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, parents of athletes, and student athletes are all invited to learn more about mental and physical wellness in and out of sport.
Dates: Wednesday, May 3 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with Q & A after
Dr. Courtney Albinson
Courtney B. Albinson, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Sport Psychology Services at Northwestern University and developed the inaugural sport psychology program at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in 2016. Dr. Albinson leads a multidisciplinary team of sport psychologists, mental performance consultants, and psychiatrists who serve as the primary providers of mental health and mental performance services for all Northwestern University varsity student-athletes.
David Atas started working at Lake Forest Academy in 2014 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer and took on the Head Athletic Trainer position in 2015. David graduated from Illinois State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a minor in coaching. In 2019, he received his Masters of Health Sciences with a specialization in athletic training from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He oversees the health and safety of LFA student athletes both on and off the field. His duties include injury prevention, injury treatment and rehabilitation, emergency care and first aid. He also helps teach some classes at LFA, educating students about first aid, CPR, Stop the Bleed, and nutrition.
Bailey is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame, with a background in psychology and a minor in digital marketing, and is currently pursuing her MBA at Brandeis University. During her freshman year on the women’s soccer team, Bailey was diagnosed with chronic exertional compartment syndrome, which would go on to require four surgeries, countless hours of physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Her sophomore year, Bailey founded Stronger Scars, a platform designed to give athletes a voice in telling their stories through injury. She’s now looking to turn Stronger Scars into a non-profit organization geared towards providing financial assistance for those struggling to afford medical treatment for sports-related injuries.
Dr. Sterling Elliott
Sterling Elliott is a clinical pharmacist and Pharmacy Team Lead for Ambulatory Surgery Practice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Elliott also maintains an appointment to the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in pharmacy related to surgery and procedures with particular expertise in issues related to post-operative pain management in ambulatory surgeries. Dr. Elliott’s expertise on patient centered pain management education has been featured on Chicago radio and television outlets.
Ryan O’Callaghan played college football for the University of California, Berkeley where he earned All-American honors and was the recipient of the Morris Trophy; presented to the most outstanding lineman in the Pac-12 Conference. Ryan was drafted by the New England Patriots
in 2006 and had a six-year NFL career. After retirement, Ryan came out as gay and went on to start The Ryan O’Callaghan Foundation to provide scholarships and support for LGBTQ+ athletes. He published his memoir titled, My Life On The Line in 2019.
Bev Pomering is the founder of the Live R.E.A.L. Foundation. Her passion to make a difference was born out of the death of her son Alex on August 28, 2019, just 4 weeks shy of his 21st birthday, from fentanyl. Bev and her husband Terry were unaware of Alex’s opioid addiction until the night of his death. With that blow came an overwhelming sense that communities needed the same education she did but there was no one giving it, so Bev started a grass-roots charity to bring education and awareness of the real epidemic of people dying from opioids at an exponential rates.