Sports Performance

The Sports Medicine Department functions to serve the Castilleja Middle and Upper School student-athletes by ensuring optimal health and performance through the continuous pursuit of evidence-based research and application of best practices in the field of sports medicine.

The Sports Medicine Department will live up to the expectations of the Castilleja School mission to reach the student-athlete’s full potential through preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses, as well as rehabilitation.

The Sports Medicine Staff is dedicated to helping student-athletes return to competition as soon as and in the safest manner possible. Standards will be set forth by Castilleja School, the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sports medicine guidelines, and the West Bay Athletic League.

Services Provided

The number one priority is to provide the student-athletes of Castilleja School with appropriate medical coverage. The Sports Medicine team specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities, in particular the treatment of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

The Sports Medicine team is directly responsible not only for the student-athlete’s health, well-being, and strength and conditioning, but also the entire middle and upper school’s general student population health. 

Examples of skills routinely used for rehabilitation services:

  • Manual therapy (massage, joint mobilization, proprioceptive techniques, muscle energy techniques) 
  • Techniques to restore joint range of motion and muscle extensibility
  • Exercises to improve strength, endurance, speed and power
  • Proprioceptive activities to improve balance, neuromuscular control and coordination
  • Agility training
  • Exercises to improve cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Sports specific and/or functional exercises
  • Modalities: cryo/thermotherapy agents, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, cupping

In addition, the Sports Medicine team can recommend, fit and apply braces, splints and assistive devices to facilitate the student’s recovery.  Furthermore, they will assess the student's functional status, interpret results, and determine the student’s ability to return to her desired activity through activity-specific skill assessment, ergonomics, and work hardening/work conditioning. 

Strength & Conditioning

The mission of the  Casti Strength and Conditioning program is in alliance with our Castilleja Mission and grounded in our Athletics Core Values. We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. Our competitive athletes are provided with the means to develop both on and off the field. Student-athletes will improve performance, decrease the likelihood of injuries, and develop mental and physical toughness to help lead them to a successful career.

Each program is tailored specifically to each individual athlete to meet the demands of her sport and position, with a goal of maximizing her athletic potential. Methods include strength, speed, flexibility, aerobic, anaerobic, agility, and plyometric exercises, as well as the tools necessary to maintain proper nutritional habits and rest patterns.

Meet the Team

Mary Jo Pruitt

Titles: Director of Athletics

Patrick Burrows

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Middle School Athletic Director, Head JVA Soccer Coach

Cassie Shaw

Titles: Assistant Athletic Director, Head Coach, Varsity Tennis, Head Coach, VA Tennis

Jessie Surface

Titles: Director of Sports Performance, Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Health Services

Andrew Meister

Titles: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer