Sports Medicine Team
Southeast Georgia Health System and Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery work side-by-side with Chantal Pierre, ATC, to provide multidisciplinary health care to all our student athletes. Our services include injury and illness prevention; wellness promotion and education; emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis; and therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries. If an athlete needs the next level of care, our athletic trainer can expedite physician appointments for those who choose to see a Sports Medicine physician.
In addition to our athletic trainer, Southeast Georgia Health System and Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery provide sideline medical coverage for football games. Each spring, they also sponsor a physical event where middle and high school student athletes can obtain a low-cost pre-participation sports physical.
Head Athletic Trainer
Chantal is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Florida State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She is a certified athletic trainer and is licensed in Georgia. Chantal is employed by Southeast Georgia Health System and has been caring for Brunswick High’s student athletes since 2008. Her passion is caring for each student athlete, keeping them healthy and in the game.
Chantal Pierre, ATC
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Medical Director, Sports Medicine Program
A native of Glynn County and a graduate of Glynn Academy, Beau Sasser, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia where he also completed both his internship and orthopaedic residencies. During his fellowship program with the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Sasser worked with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, treating a variety of sports and orthopaedic injuries incurred by these elite athletes. In 2005, Dr. Sasser returned to Glynn County and joined Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery.
Primary Care Physician and Concussion Specialist
Lindsey E. Sweat, M.D., is a board-certified family medicine and sports medicine physician. She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, and completed her residency and fellowship at AnMed Family Medicine in Anderson, South Carolina. Prior to joining the Southeast Georgia Health System medical staff, Dr. Sweat completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship where she worked with athletes from multiple universities, including Clemson University’s football team during their 2017 National Championship season. She joined Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Primary Care in St. Marys in 2019. A certified ImPACT® consultant, she provides concussion management at Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery.
Athletic Training Room Location
Athletic Training Room Location
Brunswick High School has two athletic training rooms (ATR). One ATR is located in the gym, across from the weight room. This office is generally utilized after football season ends until basketball season is over (Winter Sports). The second ATR is located in the rear of the field house. The field house ATR is staffed the rest of the year (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
Any injury sustained while playing sports during practice or games must be reported to the athletic trainer as soon as possible. Often, the athletic trainer can save time and the student athlete may experience a quicker recovery because of early intervention. Even letting a minor injury continue without intervention can cause a much longer recovery and rehabilitation compared to getting it treated when it first occurs. Being on the scene and letting the athletic trainer evaluate a new injury can give a much clearer picture of the nature and severity of injury before swelling and pain sets in.
The athletic trainer will evaluate the injury, and based upon the evaluation, determine the most appropriate course of care for the athlete. Treatment is based upon the athletic trainer’s experience, established protocols and standing orders furnished by our team physicians and/or attending physician. In most cases, injuries are minor in nature, and the athlete can be successfully treated in the athletic training room.
If the injury is more extensive or requires further medical evaluation by a physician, the athlete’s parent/guardian will be contacted by the athletic trainer and provided with information about the injury. The athletic trainer can recommend a physician or help with appointments to speed up the process.
Anytime you take your child to a physician for an athletic injury, we ask that you obtain in writing the doctor’s instructions for treatment and return to play guidelines for us to appropriately (and legally) treat your child.
YOUR CHILD MAY NOT RETURN TO PLAY WITHOUT A WRITTEN RELEASE FROM THE PHYSICIAN.
If the student athlete is at an away event when an injury first occurs, they can see the on-site athletic trainer, if available, then follow up with Brunswick High’s athletic trainer before returning to play.
If a student athlete or a parent has any concerns about an injury sustained during athletics, CALL THE ATHLETIC TRAINER. They will give you the best information on how to move forward with the injury. It is strongly recommended that you contact the athletic trainer before taking your child to the physician, unless it is a medical emergency. Oftentimes, we can see your child faster and refer them to the correct type of physician, which can save time and money.
We understand that athletic injuries often occur outside of traditional physician office hours. If an injury occurs in which you need after hours emergent care, the Health System has three immediate care centers with extended hours. They treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses and offer on-site x-rays and laboratory services. For more serious injuries, the Southeast Georgia Health System Emergency Care Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Click on the links below for more information and directions.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Concussions in sports are extremely common, even in middle and high school. You do NOT have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. A concussion occurs when mental status changes or physical symptoms develop, usually as a result of head trauma. If, at any point, an athlete complains of concussion symptoms or shows signs that are consistent with concussion, they immediately need to stop activity, let their coach know and follow up with their athletic trainer. They should not return to play even if symptoms stop.
A student with a TBI may experience the following symptoms:
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Exhibits forgetfulness or confusion
- Answers questions slowly
- Moves clumsily and/or feels sluggish
- Experiences a headache or pressure in head
- Exhibits nausea or vomiting
- Develops sensitivity to light
- Loses consciousness
- Shows mood, behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to or after the head injury
Best practices for managing a TBI:
- Remove the injured athlete from play IMMEDIATELY.
- Do NOT return to play even if symptoms stop.
- Ensure the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.
- Notify the athlete's parents or guardians about the possible concussion.
- Keep athlete out of play and only allow to return once they have been fully cleared of the injury.
Concussion Management Protocol
Athletic Training Student Aide Program
An integral component of the Sports Medicine Team is our Athletic Training Student Aide Program. The Athletic Training Student Aide Program is a service-oriented program comprised of dedicated high school students focused on the goal to support the needs of our student-athletes and their coaches. We also have work-based learning options for those students who qualify and want to prepare for careers in the medical field while earning high school credits.
Goals of the program:
- Serve, support and meet the needs of our student-athletes and their coaches
- Be helpful, prepared and knowledgeable for any emergencies that arise
- Remain alert and vigilant during all games
- Maintain a positive and helpful attitude at all times
- Be flexible and able to process changes as they occur
- Act as a host to other teams – at home or away games
Each athletic training student aide participant has unique abilities and talents that contribute in their success. During the program, they are challenged with new experiences and exposed to vast amounts of information that form new skills that are valuable in life as well as in future careers, especially in the medical field. Working alongside the athletic trainer benefits students interested in pursuing degrees in the health care profession, such as athletic training, pre-med, physician assistant, physical therapy and nursing.
Any student interested in athletic training or sports medicine should complete an application and submit in to Chantal Pierre, ATC.
Student Athletic Trainer Application(pdf)