John Carroll Sports Medicine

John Carroll Sports Medicine

Taking Care of Our Patriots

Here at John Carroll, we have a skilled sports medicine team to take care of our student-athletes. It all starts with the Certified Athletic Trainer who is responsible for keeping all parts of the team involved; communicate with parents, coaches, and athletes; and make sure the day to day operations in the Athletic Training Room run smoothly.

A National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the health care of the physically active. The ATC is responsible for the overall health care of the student-athletes here at John Carroll which includes game and practice coverage; evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries; and health care administration. The Certified Athletic Trainer is charged with the responsibility of caring for the injuries and illnesses for about 500 athletes here at John Carroll. Along with the help and guidance of our school nurse, our guidance department, our team physicians, and other allied health care professionals it is the goal of the ATC to give John Carroll student-athletes a safe environment to participate in and a safe and speedy return to the athletic field or court. Certified Athletic Trainers work under the supervision of a licensed physician in the following domains: 

  1. Prevention of injuries
  2. Recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries
  3. Immediate care of injuries
  4. Treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning
  5. Organization and administration
  6. Education and counseling
  7. Professional development and responsibility

The primary members of the Sports Medicine team are the Head and Assistant Athletic Trainer and two Team Physicians.


Head Athletic Trainer:

Erik Fabriziani, MEd, LAT, ATC is now entering his 17th year at John Carroll.  His other duties have included teaching PE, working on the athletic website, teaching CPR classes, and serving as Junior Class moderator for the last 5 years.  Erik has a Bachelors of Science from Salisbury State University and a Masters of Education from Auburn University.  While at Auburn University, Erik worked with the Women’s Volleyball team in the very competitive Southeastern Conference for 2 years. After leaving Auburn, Erik came back to Harford County to take over as Athletic Trainer at John Carroll while working for Union Memorial Sports Medicine as an outreach Athletic Trainer.  In 2003, Erik was hired to be the full-time Athletic Trainer at JC, a position he has held ever since.  Erik resides in Havre de Grace with his wife, Wendy, and three children, Ryan (12), Emily (10), and Sarah (7).  Erik enjoys spending time with his family.  As a family they enjoy outdoor activities and cheering for each other on the Lacrosse and Soccer field, in the dance studio, and in the pool.  The Fab Five, as they like to call themselves, are confessed Disney fanatics and are looking forward to planning their next trip to Walt Disney World.

Assistant Athletic Trainer:
Karen Eder, MS, LAT, ATC is now entering her 9th year at John Carroll. She is employed by University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health. She spends approximately 25 hours a week at JC and spends three mornings working at Upper Chesapeake Orthopedic Specialty Group. Karen has a Bachelors of Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Masters of Science from James Madison University. While at JMU she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Wrestling and Football teams.  Karen has also worked Major League Baseball in 2006 when she had a PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers’ Society) internship with the Baltimore Orioles. In addition to her duties at JC she is in charge of staffing athletic trainers at Cedar Lane Regional Park. In her spare time, she participates in half marathons and triathlons, including completing two Half Ironman 70.3 events. She also enjoys playing softball, dodgeball, and kickball.  She enjoys traveling both near and far and would like any recommendations on new places to visit. Please stop down the Athletic Training Room and say Hello!


UMUCH Team Physician:

Sumit Bassi, MD is the Medical Director for Sports Medicine at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, The John Carroll School and Harford County Public Schools. Dr. Bassi is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician, who is Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. He received his medical education at Medical University Plevin in Bulgaria. He served his family medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and completed a sports medicine fellowship at Summa Health Sports Medicine in Akron, Ohio. In addition to his role as Medical Director, Dr. Bassi is joining the Upper Chesapeake Orthopaedic Specialty Group, seeing patients in both the Bel Air and Havre de Grace offices. Fluent in five languages (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Hindi and English), Dr. Bassi is a sports enthusiast who looks forward to working with athletes of all ages and skill levels.



So now that you know a little more about our backgrounds let’s talk about what we can do for the student-athletes of The John Carroll School.  Our Head Athletic Trainer is on campus each day beginning at 9am and is available for treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  Student-athletes have the ability to set up appointments with the athletic trainers during their off mods to treat or rehabilitate their injuries.  During the day is also a great time to have the athletic trainers evaluate new injuries that may arise.  The more quickly that an injury is evaluated the faster the return to the field.  Student-athletes also may be seen by our Team Physician, if the injury warrants a Physician evaluation during our clinic time beginning around 3pm (dates TBD).  The athletic trainers are on campus each afternoon on regular school days to provide coverage for games and practices, as well as non school days for game coverage.  


Athletic Training Room Rules

  1. No cleats or dirty shoes in the athletic training room.

  2. No personal belongings should be kept in the athletic training room.

  3. No lounging/loitering in the athletic training room.

  4. Student-athletes should only be in the athletic training room if they are being evaluated, treated, taped, or have other business with the Sports Medicine Staff.

  5. No inappropriate language in the athletic training room.

  6. No eating or drinking in the athletic training room.

  7. Only the Sports Medicine Staff can and will operate the modalities.

  8. Only the Sports Medicine Staff can and will have access to computerized and written records of a student-athlete’s injury.

  9. Only the Sports Medicine Staff can and will use all non-expendable athletic training supplies.


  1. All rules governing the use of prescribed medication during the school day apply to their use during an athletic season.

  2. Proper physician authorization must be given with the use of the Physician Authorization Form.

  3. The medication must be either kept in the medical kit (i.e.inhalers) or on the person of the athlete unless otherwise instructed by the Certified Athletic Trainer or School Nurse.

  4. All medications must be retrieved from the Athletic Training Room or Nurses’ Office by the last day of school or it will be disposed of.

Return to Play Criteria

  1. The certified athletic trainer may refer a student-athlete for further evaluation or treatment by a physician.Please be sure that written verification of the visit is given to the athletic trainer, not the coach.The athletic trainer will pass the information on to the coach.Once a student-athlete has gone to the physician, he/she must have written clearance from the physician to return to play. A note from the parent/guardian is not sufficient to allow the student-athlete to return to play.

  2. When under the care of a physician, they have the final word on when the athlete returns to play.

  3. When under the care of the certified athletic trainer, they have the final word on when the athlete returns to play.

  4. A decision to return an athlete to play is based on range of motion, strength, proprioception, and sport specific functioning.If any of those criteria aren’t met the certified athletic trainer or physician reserves the right to prevent the athlete from returning to play.