Strength and Sports Medicine
The sports medicine team helps students with their overall physical fitness and treats and prevents injuries related to sports and exercise. The Sidwell Friends sports medicine staff consists of a head certified athletic trainer, an assistant certified athletic trainer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a consulting orthopedic doctor.
Our certified athletic trainers are skilled healthcare professionals who work together with physicians to provide treatment and support during a student’s injury. Trainers attend home games, oversee rehabilitation programs, and provide on-field emergency care of injuries.
The School’s strength and conditioning program focuses on discipline, effort, accountability, and consistency. The strength and conditioning specialist provides a safe and logical progression for student athletes’ development through ability- and age-appropriate programs that minimize injury and maximize athletic potential.
Shannon Fooks joined Sidwell Friends in spring 2007 as a part-time athletic trainer and became the full-time head athletic trainer in fall 2007. Shannon graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology in 2000 and earned a master of science degree in athletic training from Shenandoah University in 2004. While in graduate school, Shannon worked with college football, basketball, soccer, and softball teams and interned at a local high school. After graduation, she worked at NRH Regional Rehab as an exercise technician. She was an assistant athletic trainer at Holy Cross High School and head athletic trainer at Montgomery College with the basketball and baseball programs. During summer 2004 and 2005, Shannon worked with the Washington Freedom women’s soccer team. While at NRH, she became a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Chan Cho came to Sidwell Friends in 2009 after completing his master’s degree in sports science and pedagogy at Gardner-Webb University. Chan oversaw the design, budgeting, and opening of the Athletic Center in 2010. He teaches weight training and conditioning classes before, during, and after school and trains varsity teams and off-season athletes throughout the year including the summer. Chan coaches Middle School football and Middle and Upper School track and field, and he teaches 5/6 Health. Previously, Chan served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for Gardner-Webb University’s track and field team. He obtained his strength and conditioning certification and served a volunteer assistant coach for the strength and conditioning staff. He received a bachelor of science degree in athletic training from James Madison University.
Tiffany Kenworthy is an experienced athletic trainer, with more than 15 years’ experience working with injuries, illness, and rehabilitation. She works with the Upper School nurse on student and employee health and well-being, training, and education and assists the athletic trainer with sports coverage and injury evaluation and treatment. Tiffany has previously worked with high school and college athletes, served as an emergency medical technician, and taught emergency safety and first aid classes. She earned a master of education degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Charleston Southern University.