Head Athletic Trainer
Philosophy of the Bishop Diego Athletic Training Program
Education and Certification
The Bishop Diego AT strives to establish trusting relationships with the athletes, coaching staff, parents, and the medical community. These relationships depend on effective communication between all parties involved, and a commitment to do what's best for the athletes. This demonstrates that the AT is committed to providing quality care to their athletes.
Athletic Trainers are certified by the National Athletic Training Association's Board of Certification (NATABOC). Credentials require a minimum bachelor's degree from an accredited program, up to date CPR and First Aid Certification for first responders, and at least 50 CEU's (continuing education units) every two years in order to maintain certification. ATs possess a thorough knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, physiology, as well as the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Certified Athletic Trainers are also educated in nutrition, counseling, psychology, and health care administration. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), the candidate must complete a four year bachelor's degree program, numerous internship hours, and then pass the national exam administered by the National Athletic Trainers Association's Board of Certification (NATABOC).
Domains of Athletic Training
Prevention of injuries
Recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries and conditions
Immediate care of injuries
Rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries
Organization and administration
Professional development and responsibility
Responsibilities of the Certified Athletic Trainer
The Athletic Trainer is responsible for providing health care for all athletes. In the time between school and practice, the AT must provide evaluations of injuries to athletes to determine a safe participation status, preventative bracing and taping, and rehabilitative/reconditioning therapy to any athlete with an injury. Those athletes who are not able to participate in practice or contests must be monitored while they complete their rehabilitative therapy prescribed. The AT is also prepared to deal with those injuries that occur during practices or contests.
Athletic Training Room
The newly expanded Athletic Training Room is located toward the back of the main gym, on the side that is adjacent to the practice gym. There is an entrance through the hallway next to the boy’s locker room and it can be accessed from the Weight Room.
The BDHS Athletic Trainer is generally available to student-athletes Monday through Friday from the hours of 2:15 p.m. to approximately 6:15 p.m. and a minimum 1 hour before weekend competitions. At this time injured students receive therapy in the athletic training room when necessary. Due to the high number of student athletes, some students may be referred to a physical therapist or other healthcare practitioner as the Athletic Trainer and team physician deem necessary.
The Athletic Trainer will attend all home competitions. In the event of several competitions occurring simultaneously, the Athletic Trainer will assess the needs of the student-athletes and either:
1) attend the highest risk game if positioned in a location where response time to the other competition(s) is less than 2 minutes or
2) be stationed at a neutral location in order to provide medical care in the event of an emergency to all competition venues.
As an extremely high risk sport, all Varsity Football games both home and away will be attended by the Athletic Trainer.