I am Damian Pulos and I am the Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) at Potomac Falls High School. This is my 1st year serving in this capacity at PFHS. Previously, I spent 2 years working as an AT for Fairfax County Public Schools. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Performance: Exercise Science from Ferrum College in 2014 and Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Shenandoah University in 2017.
One area of athletic training that I have a huge interest in is sport related concussion (SRC). This injury continues to grow in the media and research. During my schooling and into my career, I continue to learn as much as I can about concussions; how to recognize, diagnose, as well as treat them. I have been able to work with great Vestibular Therapists and Neuro Optometrists who have taught me treatment techniques that I can complete in the athletic training room in order to get athletes healthier, faster.
Another aspect of my profession that I enjoy is rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries. It is a tall order to fit rehab between class, practice, and the athlete’s home life, but I make it a point to keep them engaged in their work and always progressing in order to get them back on the field as fast and safe as possible.
Moving away from the hands on work as an Athletic Trainer, I am also looking forward to continuing our Athletic Training Student Aide program. This program gives students the chance to learn and gain hands on experience about the athletic training profession as well as sports medicine as a whole. I work closely with student aides to teach them about anatomy & physiology, first aid, injury evaluation, nutrition, rehabilitation, exercise physiology and therapeutic modalities. Student aides utilize their knowledge in the Athletic Training Room and during games/competition to provide care for our student-athletes. If your child is interested, please ask them to contact me.
Most days, I arrive at school around 2 PM and the Athletic Training Room opens for evaluations and injury treatment at 4:03 PM unless there is a special consideration (concussion evaluation/follow up, extensive rehabilitation, parent meeting, etc).