ATLANTA – The Mount Vernon Athletic Department and Athletic Director Brad Dehem are pleased to announce the appointment of Hiroki “Hiro” Kariya to the position of Head Athletic Trainer, effective in May 2022. Kariya comes to Mount Vernon from Emory Sports Medicine where he served as athletic trainer providing athletic training services to Clayton County High Schools.
“We are looking forward to having Hiro on our staff as Head Athletic Trainer,” Dehem said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from many aspects of the arena and will serve our student-athletes, coaches and community well.”
Kariya is certified in kinesio taping, dry needling, corrective exercise and performance enhancement, amongst other skills. While Kariya acknowledges it’s impossible to prevent sports injuries, he knows that partnering with coaches is crucial in helping mitigate them.
“I have experience in movement screening, ACL prevention program, and Thrower's Ten (overhead sports injury prevention) program,” Kariya said. “Movement screening can identify an athlete's dysfunctional movement and I can come up with an individualized stretching and strengthening program for each athlete which can decrease the chance of injury. I plan to work with each team and Bobby (Hayes), our strength coach, to incorporate them in their weightlifting time or warm-up.”
Kariya also says that parents help their student-athletes at home with injury prevention techniques.
“The most important thing is to report the injury to us so we can evaluate their children and guide them with the proper treatment protocol,” Kariya said. “The most common mistake that parents make is excessive use of ice and medication. There is multiple research showing that icing and anti-inflammatory medication can delay the healing process during the first 24-48 hours of the injury. Instead, performing a pain-free range of motion exercise or self-myofascial release techniques using a foam roller or massage gun can be very helpful for muscle injuries.”
Kariya completed his bachelor’s degree in science in 2009 at the University of Georgia followed by a master’s in 2012 at Georgia State.
Established in 1972, The Mount Vernon School, serves over 1,200 students in preschool through grade 12 on our 40 acre Atlanta campus. As a leading visionary independent school, Mount Vernon’s brand of innovation and entrepreneurship has emerged over the last decade, impacting schools in the US and across the globe through Mount Vernon Ventures, a research, strategy, and consulting division of the School. In addition, in 2021 the School launched a global online program for grade 9-12 to meet the needs of today’s flexible family. Through established partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and civic environments, our mission is to design a better world...together.
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