Sports Medicine

The St. John’s School Sports Medicine Department is committed to protecting the safety and health of the student athlete and promoting their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The Sports Medicine Department is dedicated toward providing up-to-date, effective, high-quality health care for the student athlete with a focus on accurate diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation grounded in evidence-based foundations. This is achieved through accessibility to athletic trainers, appropriate referral, restoration and improvement of health and well-being, enhancement of student athlete performance and the implementation of collaborative preventative measures.

Policies and Procedures

Health Records
Every middle and upper school student must have a valid current physical examination prior to participation in any SJS athletics activity. A student may not practice until their student health forms have been submitted to the School and cleared by Clinical Services.

Injuries and Illnesses
  • Student athletes should report all injuries and illnesses to an athletic trainer for evaluation and treatment.
  • Injured students must report to the athletic training room before and after practice unless instructed otherwise by an athletic trainer. Treatments and rehabilitation may be administered at other times on an individual basis and as schedule allows.
  • In the event a student athlete needs a physician evaluation, the Sports Medicine staff will assist student athletes’ parents in a physician referral.
  • A student athlete who is evaluated by a physician must provide written clearance from the attending physician in order to return to athletic participation.
Taping and Bracing
Taping and bracing are indicated for certain preventative measures, for acute injuries and during post-injury rehabilitation. Taping is done at the discretion of the athletic trainers or by written request from a physician treating an injured student athlete.

It is recommended that all student athletes have a custom fit, high quality mouthguard. Boil and bite mouthguards are provided free of charge. Custom fit mouthguards are available in the athletic training room for a fee depending on the model and the charge can be applied to a student’s Maverick account.

Treatment and Rehabilitation
Appropriate treatment and rehabilitation will be performed under the direction of the athletic trainers. Daily pre-practice treatment is provided for acute athletic injuries. Long-term post-surgical rehabilitation is available depending on the current patient load, available training room space and athletic trainer event coverage commitments.

St. John’s Sports Medicine Department provides the following therapeutic modalities:
  • Moist heat packs
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Game Ready cold compression
  • NormaTec Recovery Boots
  • Whirlpool
  • IASTM-instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Low level Laser Therapy
  • Cupping
  • IDN-Integrative Dry Needling
  • Kelvi PROe
St. John’s Sports Medicine Department provides the following state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation:
  • BFR-Blood Flow Restriction
  • Theraband and Theratubing
  • Cuff weights
  • Dumb bell weights
  • Bosu/Airex/Dynadisc
  • Foam rollers
  • Pilates rings
  • Body Blade
  • Rebounder w/weighted balls
  • DS2 Platform
  • Stationary bicycles
  • Iron Neck
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
The Sports Medicine Department stocks a variety of durable medical equipment (DME), i.e. walking boots, ankle braces, slings, splints and crutches. Any student athlete in need of DME will be issued the appropriate item which will be charged to the student athlete’s Maverick account.

Head Injury Management
  • Any student athlete with a suspected head injury will be removed from activity immediately, evaluated by an SJS athletic trainer and referred to a licensed medical provider and/or concussion management specialist as soon as possible. The Sports Medicine department will notify parents/guardians, school administration, Clinical Services, and coaches of student athlete’s status.
  • SJS Sports Medicine retains the right to withhold a student athlete with a suspected head injury from athletics participation until evaluated and cleared by a concussion management specialist or licensed medical provider.
  • Head injury management will be based on recommendations and guidelines provided by a concussion management specialist and/or licensed medical provider. Return to learn, treatment, and return to sport protocols will be implemented based on concussion management specialist and/or licensed medical provider’s recommendations. All student athletes with a diagnosed concussion must complete a return to play protocol before returning to full sport participation.
  • It is recommended all student athletes between the ages of 12-18 complete an ImPACT neurocognitive baseline test every two years. ImPACT baseline testing can be scheduled at the Methodist Concussion Center, Memorial Hermann Concussion Center and many pediatricians.
  • St. John’s School is compliant with The State of Texas House Bill 2038, 82(R).

Jimmy Roton, Jr., MS, ATC/LAT, CES, PES
713-850-0222 x 416 (direct)
281-924-1316 (cell)

Jimmy "J.J." Roton, Jr. has been the Director of Sports Medicine at St. John's School since 2016. Roton brings over 35 years of Sports Medicine experience to St. John's School, including 19 years as Associate Head Athletic Trainer at Rice University and three years as Director of Athletic Training at Houston Baptist University. Prior to St. John's School, he was the Head Athletic Trainer at The Kinkaid School for six years. Roton earned a B.A. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Rice University and an M.S. in Athletic Administration from The Ohio University. When he is not taking care of Maverick students, Roton can be found in the press box of NRG Stadium covering football games as an Athletic Trainer Spotter for the NFL. 

Keri Strong, MS, ATC/LAT, CIDN
713-850-0222 ext. 378

Associate Athletic Trainer Keri Strong joined St. John's School in 2022 and has taken care of athletes for over two decades. Prior to becoming a Maverick, she was an Outreach Athletic Training Coordinator and Clinical Assistant in Dallas for five years. Keri also served as the Head Athletic Trainer at several high schools, including Byron Nelson and Wylie East High Schools in the Dallas area. Prior to working in the Dallas Metroplex, she was the Director of Athletic Training and an Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University for four years and was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Rice University for two years. Keri earned her B.S. in Kinesiology with a Minor in Health Education at Texas Woman’s University and an M.S. in Kinesiology at the University of North Texas.

Alex Song, MS, ATC/LAT
713-850-0222 x414

Assistant Athletic Trainer Alex Song joined the St. John's Sports Medicine team in 2023, and brings over eight years of experience taking care of student athletes. He began his career as a Graduate Assistant at McGregor ISD. Most recently, Alex served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Morton Ranch High School in Katy ISD for five years. He earned his B.S. in Athletic Training at Texas State University and an M.S. in Sports Pedagogy at Baylor University. 

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