Trainer Information


Dionne Weems

(317) 924-4333 ext. 415

St Vincent Sports Performance



Dr. Corey Kendall, Orthopedics, Brownsburg OrthoIndy: 317-268-3600

Dr. Amy Corrigan, D. O., Sports Medicine Physician, St. Vincent Sports Performance Clay Terrace: 317-415-5795

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Cardinal Ritter Sports Medicine, here are a few things you need to know about our services.

Hours/availability: The athletic training room is open on school days from the end of school (final bell) until events end and on Saturdays as needed.

Our Roles: To provide care for our athletes. We evaluate injuries, provide first aid, rehabilitation or taping/bracing as necessary. We are available for every in season athlete to see after school to address any problems they may be experiencing. We will make a decision on whether an athlete can participate and if their injury requires them to visit a doctor. We will not allow any athlete to continue to play if we believe they may harm themselves further.

Parent Expectations: We expect that we will be able to work together to care for your child. Please notify us if your athlete was injured during a practice, game or even at home so that we may be aware of the injury. This is preferable by email unless you need to talk to us directly. If you have questions regarding your athlete’s injury, please feel free to call, email or visit by appointment to discuss it further. If your athlete is seen by a doctor regarding an injury or other reason affecting their participation in sports, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that a note indicating your athlete’s current participation status and continuing needs are conveyed in writing by their doctor and brought to the athletic trainer in a timely manner.

Nutrition/Hydration: We will provide water for all the athletes for home games. Please send your child with their own water bottle. Watch for weight loss of your athlete and be sensible about diet and exercise. A parent guide will be emailed by your coach.

Concussions: Any athlete exhibiting symptoms of a concussion will be required to see a doctor. Once cleared to return to participation, the athlete will be required to pass an appropriate return to play progression. More detail will be given out if this situation arises. If you have questions regarding ImPACT baseline testing, please email your athletic trainer or visit It is the responsibility of the athlete to discontinue participation and to self-report any symptoms of concussion to the athletic trainer as soon as they notice them. All athletes and parents are required to read the concussion facts sheets in the physical packet.

Hygiene: Please remind your athletes about good hygiene. Athletes must shower as soon as possible after every practice and game. Athletes should not share towels (send one with your athlete), soap or deodorant. Please make sure they are bringing home their gear and properly disinfecting it on a weekly basis. It is helpful to send your athlete with disinfecting wipes to store in their locker for daily use.

Skin Lesion Policy: These guidelines that suggest MINIMUM TREATMENT before return to play. Bacterial Diseases (impetigo, boils): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. Oral antibiotic for three days is considered a minimum to achieve that status. If new lesions continue to develop or drain after 72 hours, CA-MRSA should be considered and minimum oral antibiotics should be extended to 10 days before returning the athlete to competition or until all lesions are scabbed over, whichever occurs last. Herpetic Lesions (Simplex, fever blisters/cold sores, Zoster, Gladiatorum): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. For primary (first episode of Herpes Gladiatorum), wrestlers should be treated and not allowed to compete for a minimum of 10 days. If general body signs and symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes are present, that minimum period of treatment should be extended to 14 days. Recurrent outbreaks require a minimum of 120 hours or five full days of oral anti-viral treatment, again so long as no new lesions have developed and all lesions are scabbed over. Tinea Lesions (ringworm scalp, skin): Oral or topical treatment for 72 hours on skin and 14 days on scalp. Scabies, Head Lice: 24 hours after appropriate topical management. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours of topical or oral medication and no discharge. Molluscum Contagiosum: 24 hours after curettage.

Physicals: Physicals must be on the ISHAA Physicals must be completed annually on April 1 or more recently by an MD or DO.

ImPACT Testing: Cardinal Ritter is currently utilizing IMPACT testing for evaluating and treating concussions. In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student athletes, Cardinal Ritter has partnered with the St. Vincent Sports Performance to implement this testing for current Ritter athletes. : It is required for all 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade athletes or any new athlete to the program. ImPACT™ is a computerized exam developed by concussion experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to assist with the diagnosis and management of mTBI’s. Neurocognitive tests, such as ImPACT™ are fast becoming the “gold standard” in recognizing and managing mTBI’s. Additional information can be found at Your school is asking that all freshman, juniors, or kids new to Cardinal Ritter that play a sport take the computerized exam before the first practice of the season they will participating on a sports team. There will be several dates this summer that the test will be given. Please make plans to attend one of the posted dates. The baseline test is free to student athletes. If you cannot make one of these dates please contact the athletic trainer at as soon as possible to make other arrangements. The test is set up in a “video-game” format and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is not a test given for a grade and there is no pass/fail given. It is simply another tool that the sports medicine team can utilize if your child should suffer a concussion during the season to determine what is considered “normal” brain function for them. Think of the ImPACT™ test as a pre-season physical of the brain. If your child suffers a head injury and a concussion is suspected, your child will be referred to a physician or clinician for an evaluation. The physician or clinician may recommend that your child take the post-injury ImPACT™ test. There is typically a charge and a doctor visit for follow up care. Your child’s baseline (pre-season) and post-injury test data, if any, will be maintained on a secure server by ImPACT™but is available for a physician to review upon request.  All tests will be given in the computer lab or library. It will be on a first come first serve basis. Doors will close to new tests ½ hour before end of scheduled time. If you are late you will not be admitted and will have to make arrangements to attend another session.


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Content Overview



Sections Overview:

  • Seasonal Sport Spotlight
    • Article designed to touch on an upcoming seasonal sport
  • Dinner Table Chalk Talk
    • Topics designed specifically for parents to discuss with their children
  • Basic Tips – Nutrition, Psych, Training or others
  • Questions from Parents
    • We will solicit questions from actual system parents that they may have about their child in sports and training
  • Call to Action
    • Opportunity for submitting email address for more information from SVSP
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  • Meet the team of Athletic Trainers
    • List of schools and their staff




Seasonal Sports Spotlight


Optimizing Your Summer


Summer’s a great time to hang out with friends, family, and your favorite TV shows, but if you don’t put in time training now there’s a chance you’ll be left behind before you reach the grid iron.  Take this time to focus on getting in shape, studying your playbook, building relationships with teammates, and attending any needed summer school.


Now is the time to start working out the way you want.  There is no one telling you when, how, or what to lift, so take advantage of your break to craft your own workout routines.  Scorching hot weather of  team drills and “2-a-days” practices are summer facts, and it will help you stand out to your teammates and coaches if you show up prepared.  Think about it, who’s most likely to start, the player who crushes the first “suicide” drills then asks for more, or the player who needs a water break immediately afterwards?  Take this time to design your workouts to improve any areas of weakness.  Skill position players can always benefit from interval sprints and hand-eye coordination drills.  Where as linemen need to be able to block and out position opponents so try focusing on weightlifting and squat variations.   Natural talent will only get a player so far, but the ones who train hard before the season will have a chance to be great.


Often at high school-level sports it’s not the most athletic players who are the most successful, but the players who execute their plays most effectively.  These are the players who know their routes, their teammates’ routes, and the overall goal of the play.  It won’t matter if your quarterback is about to throw a perfect pass to the fastest wide receiver on the team if you’re fullback forgets whom to block.  You’ve got the whole summer to do what you want, so set aside an hour a day to study your playbook.  It will mean a lot less push-ups from your coach during practice, and your teammates will appreciate not having to walk you through each play.


Team sports are centered exactly around that: a team.  Utilize your summer break by starting to get to know some of your teammates, especially those who you will be playing closely with.  These are the teammates you will eat with, practice with, ride the bus with, win, and lose with, and the sooner you gel with them, the more effective you will be as a team.  When you’re not practicing try to grab some food together or have a team cookout.  Remember, team sports are supposed to be fun, and making friends is a part of that fun.


Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that school comes before sports, and that means your grades need to meet your school’s requirements.  Whether you are getting ahead on required courses, attempting to finish school early, or trying to improve a grade, any summer classes that you sign up for need to be your first priority.  Coaches cannot allow students to play if they do not achieve the required GPA.


Dinner Table Chalk Talk

S.C.R.A.M. Goal Setting

Goals drive us to become better, and knowing how to set them can make a huge difference. Our Sport Performance Psychologist Dr. Chris Carr uses the acronym S.C.R.A.M. to help with proper goal setting.


Setting specific goals is the first step. For example: if you went to the gym, a very specific goal would be to do three sets of 8-10 repetitions at 90% of your max weight. That is much different than saying “I’m just going to go lift some weights today.” Start with specific goals and it will be easier to maintain your focus throughout.


A challenging goal pushes you. It’s not something easy like, “I just want to get through practice”, but it’s also not something so challenging that reaching it doesn’t seem realistic, even at your best. Challenging goals should push you just past what you’re comfortable with, but don’t push you so far that you’ll be frustrated if you don’t accomplish them.


Being realistic with your goals simply means you understand your best. You are aware of what you’re capable of and set goals based on that standard. No one person or athlete is the same, so understanding your best is essential to goal setting.


There are unforeseen road blocks that can pop up while in pursuit of our goals. Sometimes the gym is shut down, you get a minor injury or something else requires your attention. Make sure you can adjust your goals and have plans in place in case your ideal conditions change.


Lastly, goals should be measurable. At the end of a workout or competition you should be able to know if you did or didn’t achieve your goal. If you didn’t, don’t consider it a failure. Simply re-adjust for next time based on what you learned.


Basic Tips


Nutrition Tips


  • Fiber helps you feel full and helps with your cholesterol levels. Fibers are a type of carbohydrate.
  • Eat a sizable pregame meal two to four hours before the start of the competition. Some good options include pasta with ground turkey sauce, chicken stir-fry with rice and vegetables, and a sub or deli sandwich. You can also throw in some vegetables for antioxidants.


  • Post workout snacks should include protein to repair muscles, and carbs to replace glycogen levels

Training Tips

Make Your Pushups Count

Turns out, push-ups are great for more than just building a strong chest. But to completely utilize push-ups in your workout routine, there are five areas to focus on:



  • Instead of flaring your elbows out to make a ‘T’ shape, keep your elbows in line with your wrists. This will form an arrow shape with the rest of your body.


Backside and Back

  • Flexing both your core and your backside goes a long way in stabilizing your back. You want your back to be straight as you lower and raise your body from the push-up position.


  • Don’t let your hips lead the way to the floor. Your upper body should initiate the movement and be the first thing to reach your downward destination. Having a straight back automatically makes this easier!


  • If your fingers aren’t pointing straight ahead, stop! Your hands need to be facing forward always to avoid stress on your shoulders.

Shoulder Blades

  • Your shoulder blades shouldn’t stay in one place. They need to protract and retract (fancy words for scrunch together and move apart) as you go down and come back up.


Questions from Parents:

When should my child begin Strength Training?

At what age can athletes begin strength training? The answer is slightly more complex than just assigning a number. Every person is different when it comes to development, and every person is different when it comes to strength.

What is strength training?

Strength training boils down to moving your body. Lifting weights is strength training, but the foundation of every athlete is sound movement. That being said, athletes can start developing good movement habits as young as 4th or 5th grade without ever touching weights. Learning how to properly move the body in space is far more important than lifting weights at any age.

What about weight and resistance training?

Once the athlete establishes good movement patterns, they can begin weight and resistance training as they physically mature. For an athlete starting out, lighter is always better and the focus should be on the quality of the movement rather than the quantity of weight. You will build more strength doing a squat properly with no weight than poorly with 200 pounds. Injuries can occur easily with heavy weight so understanding that quality is more important than quantity is crucial.

Most high school athletes are expected to know how to use weight training on some level. In order to gain strength, understanding that movement is the foundation will go a long way to ensuring safety and growth for your young athlete.