Sports Medicine

Athletic Training

Welcome to the homepage of U of D Jesuit Athletic Training. The Athletic Training Room is located in the main gym down the ramp on the north end of the gym near the locker room.

Contact Information

Athletic Training Room Phone: (313) 862-5400, ext 2202

Email: nicholas.parkinson@uofdjesuit.org or nparkin1@hfhs.org


Sports Medicine Team

Nick Parkinson, M.Ed., A.T., A.T.C. - Athletic Trainer

Nick received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University and completed his Master of Education degree, majoring in Exercise Science, from Auburn University. He is licensed as an athletic trainer in the State of Michigan and certified nationally through the Board of Certification, Inc. Nick began working at Henry Ford Health System, assigned to U of D Jesuit High School, in 2013. Prior to this assignment, Nick provided athletic training services to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A minor league affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers. In early 2012 before departing for Auburn University, Nick provided athletic training coverage to Allen Park High School representing Henry Ford Health System. At University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Nick is present for all major sports home games, as well as in the athletic training room during non-game days for injury prevention, assessment and care of injuries, and to provide treatment or rehabilitation.

Michael Workings, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. - Team Physician

Dr. Workings attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his postgraduate training in Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and teaches physicians through the primary care sports medicine fellowship program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Workings is board-certified and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Family Medicine and Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Workings sees patients at Henry Ford Medical Center – Troy and serves as a team physician for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and University of Detroit Mercy Titan athletics. Dr. Workings or his sports medicine fellow will be at most home football and hockey games, and works closely with Athletic Trainer, Nick Parkinson, in the care of University of Detroit Jesuit athletes.

Sports Medicine Rules

  • No athletes allowed in athletic training room without supervision of athletic trainer (AT) or coach.
  • Report all injuries to AT ASAP.
  • If evaluated by outside medical authority bring clearance note to AT. No note=no playing/practicing.
  • Be on time for evaluations, treatments and taping. These are not excuses to be late for practice, team meetings or games. Plan accordingly in conjunction with AT.
  • AT is final return to play authority.
  • Personal belongings must be left in the hallway to avoid crowding the athletic training room.
  • AT is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.
  • No loitering. Once your treatment/evaluation is complete leave the athletic training room.
  • Food and drink must be kept to a minimum. Clean up after yourself or this right will be revoked.
  • Inappropriate language and behavior will not be tolerated. This is cause for dismissal from the athletic training room and discipline according to team/school rules.
  • Respect fellow athletes and equipment within the athletic training room. It is considered a medical facility and should be treated as such.

Concussion Return to Play Protocol

At U of D Jesuit High School we follow a return to play protocol developed by the Henry Ford Health System Concussion Clinic. This program consists of medical evaluation by a trained sports medicine professional, physicians clearance to begin activity, and a graduated 5-day activity program monitored by the athletic trainer on-site. In accordance with MHSAA rules and State of Michigan law, this program must be completed and physicians clearance given to return to athletic competition.

Read Concussion Clinic Return to Play Protocol

Athletic Trainer vs. Personal Trainer

There can be confusion as to the role of an athletic trainer, and the difference between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer.

These are two distinct professions with completely different roles.

The key difference between an athletic trainer and personal trainer is their education. Personal trainers can perform their work with a simple certification. Athletic trainers typically have a specialized master’s degree.

An athletic trainer works in collaboration with other medical experts with an aim to prevent injuries, or diagnose and treat them. The job of an athletic trainer includes rehabilitation or conditioning of his clients’ body.

While a personal trainer trains either at health clubs or gyms to help people become physically more fit and muscle bound, an athletic trainer is meant to help athletes recover from injuries. Athletic trainers are employed by schools, colleges, hospitals and the military.

U of D Jesuit employs a full-time licensed athletic trainer.



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