The Marietta High School sports medicine program is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care for all MCS athletes. We provide preventative care, injury evaluations, immediate injury care, and rehabilitative services for all injuries. All athletes should report any injury to the athletic trainer as soon as possible. In the event an athlete cannot participate in practices due to an injury they will be expected to report to the athletic training room for rehab.
The MHS sports medicine program also provides an opportunity for high school students to gain education in medical care by participating in the student athletic trainer program. MHS student athletic training aides assist in practice and game preparation, taping, and basic first aid.
Jeff Hopp is in his 20th year as the Blue Devils’ Director of Sports Medicine. Along with caring for the MCS athletes, he also supervises the student athletic trainer program, giving Marietta High School students the opportunity to get hands on sports medicine experience.
Prior to joining the Blue Devils medical staff he spent almost 7 years providing outreach athletic training coverage to several Cobb and Cherokee county schools for Resurgens Orthopaedics. He was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe from 1995 to 1997 after working with the Minnesota Vikings in 1994 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Along with his full time duties, he was part of the medical staff for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and served as the medical coordinator for the 2007 US National Paralympic Track and Field Championships. He has traveled with numerous US National Team Handball teams to various international tournaments including the World Championships in Besancon, France in 2001. In 2008, he ventured into the world of small business ownership with the inception of Sports Performance and Athletic Training Services, LLC. He has served as president, vice president, treasurer, and secondary schools representative for the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association. He is currently serving as the vice president for the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association and is a member of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force. He was a founding member and later chairman of the Georgia Concussion Coalition and was instrumental in passing the GA Return to Play Act in 2013. As a member of the GHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee he has helped develop the GHSA heat guidelines, the GHSA pitch count rules for baseball, and has played an integral part in developing guidelines to help ensure the safety of athletes through the current COVID pandemic. Jeff has served as a clinical instructor for Life University’s graduate athletic training program and the advisory board for St. Augustine’s graduate athletic training program. He was awarded the Athletic Trainer Service Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 2016 and most recently was named the 2020 Jerry Rhea Athletic Trainer of the Year award by the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association.
He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato (BS – Athletic Training) where he met his wife Julie, an AP environmental science teacher at North Cobb High School. They have been married for 25 years.
Erika Davis joined Marietta City Schools Sports Medicine staff in July 2018. Along with being an athletic trainer, Erika also teaches the Health Science Pathway in the CTAE department at Marietta High School.
Prior to joining the Blue Devil medical staff Davis provided medical care to various NCAA Division I universities. The most recent being a short stint with Georgia State University Football. She previously worked as assistant athletic trainer for University of Richmond, in Virginia, where she was responsible for women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. In 2016, Davis earned her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University. While in Philadelphia, she worked with Temple University’s women’s soccer team as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 2013. As an athletic training student at WCU she worked with West Chester’s women’s gymnastics team, as well as Ursinus College men’s lacrosse team. Davis also spent a year as a certified athletic training intern at University of Richmond (’13-’14) while working with football, baseball and women’s soccer teams.
Davis is certified with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and is licensed to practice as an athletic trainer in the state of Georgia. A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Acworth, GA with her husband Josh, new baby Jakob, and their dog Wrigley.
Caragh joined the Marietta team in August 2020.
Caragh was born in South Africa and moved to Massachusetts in 2000. In 2012 she moved to Chichester, England to attend the University of Chichester and completed her Bachelors in Sports Therapy. After moving back to Massachusetts, she received her Massage Therapy License and Personal Training Certification. In 2018 she moved to Georgia to complete her Masters in Athletic Training at Life University. After her 5-month rotation at Marietta and being a part of the 2019 State Championship football team, Caragh wanted to join the team permanently. She was hired by PT Solutions and will be working at the middle school and high school.
Chelsea comes to Marietta after having spent the past year at the University of Arkansas working in the Office for Sport Concussion Research as well as teaching within the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. She previously worked as the head athletic trainer and sports medicine teacher at Brentsville District High School, in northern Virginia for 5 years. Chelsea earned her M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology: Athletic Training in 2015 from the University of Florida while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer providing care for secondary schools and gator athletes. Chelsea earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Radford University in 2013. Chelsea is a Washington DC sports fan and enjoys spending time outside with her dog.
Every student-athlete must complete all steps of the online athlete portal to be eligible to participate in any MCS sports activity. Please be sure you have an active physical for the 2021-2022 school year.
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