Trainer Information


Emily Obear ATC LAT

(317) 924-4333 ext. 415

Franciscan Health 


Team Physician: 

Seth Schmoll, DO 

Once a week Free Injury Checks at Cardinal Ritter Athletic training appointments made by Athletic Trainer!

Office Location: 

City Way: 426 South Alabama St. Suite 100, Indianapolis 

Carmel: 12188-B North Meridian St. Suite 260, Carmel 

To make appointment Call: (317)781-1133


Other Franciscan Health Physicians: 

Catherine Reese, MD, CAQSM (City Way, Carmel Office Locations) 

Jeffrey Peterson, MD, CAQSM (7825 McFarland Lane, Suite A Indianapolis, IN 46237)

Healthy Roster Information

     Franciscan Health and Cardinal Ritter High School would like to inform you that you will soon receive an invitation to Healthy Roster. When you receive the invitation, please open the e-mail and follow the directions to create an account with Healthy Roster. You may be asking, what is Healthy Roster?

     Healthy Roster is a new way for the school’s athletic trainers to communicate with you about your child’s injury and/or treatments.  Please take a few minutes to download the app onto your phone. This will allow you to have quick and easy access to your child’s profile. When you create an account, it will become the portal for sending and receiving medical information on your child’s care. If your child has an injury, the athletic trainer will be able to enter the injury information at the school and then notify you by e-mail the status of the injury and care rendered.  If you have any comments or questions about the injury and care, you will be able to send a secure e-mail to the athletic trainer to have your questions answered.

     Please read the attachment for more information about Healthy Roster that Franciscan Health is making available to you and your child’s school. If you have any questions, please contact your athletic trainer at Thank your for allowing Franciscan Health be a part of  providing excellent healthcare to your child!



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.


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.