St. Joseph's on-campus sports medicine personnel are all certified athletic trainers (ATCs), which requires a four-year (bachelor’s) degree at a college or university with an accredited athletic training program. An athletic trainer does not become certified until they also pass a national certification examination. Once they are certified, they must maintain this status by continuing to participate in educational meetings, seminars and conferences. They must also maintain CPR and AED certifications.
What We Can Do
An ATC's workload varies, but in general we look to prevent injuries, recognize when one occurs, evaluate, treat and recondition all of our athletes to be able to quickly and safely return to their sport while under the supervision of a physician. We also maintain careful medical records of all our athletes, as well as provide information on every topic from anatomy (usually what they hurt) to what they should be eating and to how to weight train properly.
However, we can not and do not, do it all. We are not physicians or physical therapists. We do not perform any type of spinal manipulations, we do not apply traction nor do we prescribe or dispense any type of medications, including over-the-counter products like aspirin.
Certified Athletic TrainersLisa Komnik
Head Certified Athletic Trainer
Ms. Komnik has a bachelor’s in athletic training from the University of Delaware. She
also earned an M.S. in Biomechanics. This is
her 15th year at St. Joseph's.
Associate Certified Athletic Trainer
Ms. Beyer is a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin. She completed her B.S. in Athletic Training and master’s in health education at Carroll College in Wisconsin. She was also a member of their women’s soccer team and served as a graduate assistant coach for the softball team. Ms. Beyer also has experience with youth football, high school athletics and has volunteered at animal shelters in Wisconsin. She is the primary certified athletic trainer for women’s soccer, lacrosse and women’s basketball.
Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer
Mr. Bristol is the primary certified athletic trainer for men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and softball. He is a 2009 graduate of Sacred Heart University, where he earned a B.S. in Athletic Training. He gained valuable experience working with their football, ice hockey and track and field teams. Mr. Bristol has worked at Oceanside High School and Peak Performance in Island Park. Mr. Bristol also brings in additional knowledge of emergency medicine from his experiences with the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol and East Rockaway Rescue Squad, where he currently volunteers.