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Sports Medicine

Certified Athletic Trainer (AT)

Providing student-athletes with access to high-quality patient care by offering injury
prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and the most current health information.

Parent/Guardians and athletes: if you are concerned about an injury,
please notify the AT and coach as soon as possible.

Del Norte Sports Medicine team also includes

  • Team Physician - Stephen Daquino, DO, FAOASM 
  • Team Chiropractor - Ian Cooke, DC
  • Director of Strength & Conditioning - De Shawn Meacham, MS, CSCS, PES

Forms and Resources for Parents/Guardians and Athletes

  • Concussion Forms
  • COVID Forms
    • SDCOE ​COVID Medical Referral Form
    • CIF COVID gRTP Protocol
    • COVID Testing Waiver

Visiting Team/AT Information

  • Emergency Action Plans (EAP)
  • AED Locations - AT, Custodian, or Coach with a key will have access
    1. Gym (south wall near wrestling room B121)
    2. Athletic Training Facility (room C100 between boys & girls locker rooms)
      • Note: this AED will travel with the AT
    3. Pool Office
    4. Health Office (inside front office of school)
    5. Performing Arts Center (furthest away from athletic facilities)

About Athletic Trainers

  • Athletic Trainers (AT) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who practice in the field of sports medicine. ATs specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management of injuries and medical conditions. ATs are educatied in emergency care for catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, head injuries, and heat illness.
  • ATs have been recognized as health care providers by the American Medical Association since 1990.
  • ATs are required to obtain a Bachelor's degree through a program that meets education standards set by the Comission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE). However, beginning in 2022, the requirement will change to a Master's degree.
  • ATs must pass a comprehensive national certification exam through the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) to earn the athletic trainer (ATC) credential.
  • ATs must continue their education by obtaining at least 50 hours of course work every 2 years.
  • ATs must adhere to standards of professional practice set by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
  • CA is currently the only state that does not regulate the profession of Athletic Training. This means anyone can claim to be an AT and work with athletes without the proper education. 
  • Del Norte is proud to support the California Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA) in their efforts to gain licensure which would regulate the athletic training profession in CA.
  • ATs work in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, performing arts venues, industrial workplaces, corporations, fire/police departments, and the military.

Athletic Trainer vs. "Trainer"

  • ATs 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 a medical model. ATs must graduate from an accredited program. ATs work hard for their degree! Please use the full name or "AT".

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