About the Athletic Trainers
Profile of Athletic Trainers
Athletic Trainers (AT's) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by Athletic Trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, and therapeutic intervention of injuries and medical conditions. Under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes Athletic Trainers may provide treatment and rehabilitation.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of Athletic Trainers have a master’s degree.
San Mateo Union High School District Athletic Trainers:
Each San Mateo Union High School District High School employs one full time certified Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer is on campus for practices and competitions throughout the school year. The athletic trainers at each school are a great resource to help in making decisions for treatment options and referral. They also ensure each athlete has a safe return to activity following an injury.
Athletic Trainers are trained in concussion evaluation and implement a gradual return to play protocol, in accordance with California State Law AB 2127 and San Mateo Union High School District AR 6145.2. ImPACT neurocognitive testing is one tool our athletic trainers use to help make return to play decisions following concussion.