Athletic Training

Athletic Trainer: Julie Tucker, MS, ATC, LAT

Julie Tucker started at SSFS in August of 2015 as the Middle School Health Educator and Certified Athletic Trainer. Julie graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (CAATE Accredited Program) in 2011. Julie received a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Health from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Julie has certifications from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board and the state of Maryland. Prior to coming to SSFS, Julie was the Head Athletic Trainer for Blair High School, as well as Annapolis High School; two of the largest high schools in Maryland. After her graduation from West Chester, Julie was an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Maryland football team and Head Athletic Trainer for the gymnastics team. Julie has also served as an Athletic Trainer for the Maccabiah Olympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Originally from the Silver Spring area, Julie graduated from Blake High School and is excited to have come back “home” to be a part of the SSFS community. Julie currently resides in Columbia, MD.

Contact Information:
301.774.7455 ext. 172

SSFS Athletic Training Policies and Procedures

  • All student-athletes are required to have complete medical forms on file with the Health Center prior to participation in any pre-season athletic practices or games
  • Any Athlete that has been seen by a physician is not permitted to resume practice and/or play without a written release form stating clearance of treatment from the treating physician practice
  • Injured athletes are not permitted to resume practice without being released by the athletic trainer
  • Athletes that are having symptoms of a concussion are required by law to be seen by a physician. More information on concussion under link.
  • Any athlete that needs an Epi Pen or Inhaler must have those present with them at all practices and games

General Rules for the Athletic Training Room

  • Be respectful of those around you
  • Athletes must sign in daily
  • Cussing results in 20 pushups-NO questions asked
  • Athletes are not allowed in athletic training room unsupervised
  • Managers are in charge of water and ice
  • Do not interrupt me, your time will come
  • Do not remove anything from ATR without permission from the ATC
  • Smile, it is contagious

Athletic Training Room Hours:

  • After school daily before practices
  • Various times throughout the day working around the ATC’s teaching schedule

Athletic Trainer Responsibilities:

  • Coverage of every home practice and game/match/competition
  • Performing immediate care, preventative services, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions
  • Documentation of injury reports, doctors clearance forms, and physical therapy needs of all injuries and medical conditions

Inclement Weather Policies

National Athletic Training Association Position Statement


  • All individuals must be completely within an identified safe location when thunderstorms are already producing lightning and approaching the immediate location and when the distance between the edge of the lightning storm and the location of the outdoor activities reaches 5 nautical miles (6 miles).
  • Allowing time for individuals to evacuate the premises, leave outdoor facilities, and be completely within the designated safe location(s) must be taken into consideration in the lightning-safety plan.
  • Activities should be suspended until 30 minutes after the last strike of lightning is seen and after the last sound of thunder is heard. This 30 minute clock restarts for each lightning flash within 6 miles each time thunder is heard. Consideration must be given to patrons leaving safe locations and returning to the venue.
  • Postpone or suspend activities if thunderstorm appears imminent before or during activity. Watch the skies for locally developing or approaching storms that have not yet produced


  • Evaluate immediate and projected weather information, including air temperature, wind, chance of precipitation or water immersion, and altitude.
  • Have alternate plans in place for deteriorating conditions and activities that must be adjusted or cancelled.
  • 30 degrees F and below: be aware of the potential for cold injury and notify appropriate personnel of the potential
  • 25 degrees F and below: provide additional protective clothing, cover as much exposed skin as practical, and provide opportunities and facilities for rewarming.
  • 15 degrees F and below: consider modifying activity to limit exposure or to allow more frequent chances to rewarm
  • 0 degrees and below: consider terminating or rescheduling activity


  • Add 5 degrees to temperature between 10am and 4pm from mid-May to mid-September on bright, sunny days.
  • Practices should be modified for the safety of the athletes to reflect the heat-stress conditions.
  • Regular practices with full practice gear can be conducted for conditions that are 100 degrees or less.
  • Cancel all practices when the temperature and relative humidity are 103 degrees or more. Practices may be moved into air conditioned spaces or held as a walk through session.