Sports Medicine

At Woodward, we are very proud of our Sports Medicine program. Our certified athletic trainers care for all Upper School student-athletes, evaluating injuries to determine if they can safely participate, taping and bracing to prevent injuries, and rehabilitating injured athletes in coordination with their own physicians.

In addition, athletic trainers are accessible at all practices and games to assist athletes in case of injury, and they keep records on individual athletes, their injuries, and treatments.

The full-time athletic trainers at Woodward are certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Board of Certification, which requires them to hold a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, physical education, or a related field, and to pass a national exam administered by the board. They also possess thorough knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, and physiology as well as the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, our trainers are educated in nutrition, counseling, and psychology.

Meet Our Sports Medicine Staff

Gene Patterson, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, CAA

Assistant Athletic Director, Head Athletic Trainer

Mr. Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree in P.E. with an emphasis in athletic training from Iowa State University and a master’s of education in sports administration and sports management from the University of Georgia, where he served as head athletic trainer for the women’s basketball team. He also worked with high school athletes in clinical settings before joining Woodward in 2000 to expand the school’s sports medicine program.



Kristi Mounts, M.S., ATC, LAT, CSCS

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ms. Mounts holds a bachelor’s degree in wellness and athletic training from Defiance College in Ohio, where she played softball. She worked as a graduate assistant at The Westminster Schools while earning her master’s degree at Georgia State University and served as a trainer at Whitefield Academy before joining the training staff at Woodward.


Joseph S. Wilkes, M.D.

Team Doctor

Dr. Wilkes practices at OrthoAtlanta and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Emory University. He functions as as an orthopaedic consultant for the U.S. Luge Association and has been an associate team physician for the Atlanta Falcons. Dr. Wilkes served as coordinator of venue medical directors for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.



Gary Gropper, M.D.

Team Doctor

Dr. Gropper graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and has served as a neurological consultant to the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves. Dr. Gropper practices at Atlanta Brain and Spine Care.


Our team also includes graduate assistants working toward their master’s degrees in sports medicine at Georgia State University.


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