The goal of the Athletic Training Program is to ensure the optimal health and performance of the Drake student-athlete. We strive to keep our athletes participating safely through the practice of athletic training- which includes the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving functional limitations.
The athletic training program was established in 2010 by the Benchwarmers- the athletic committee within The Drake Fund, to improve the healthcare of all student-athletes. Drake partnered with the PlaySafe Program within the Department of Sports Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco to provide the part-time outreach athletic trainer. Gina Biviano, MA, ATC was hired at only 3 days a week with minimal event coverage. In 2012, The Drake Fund and UCSF expanded services and hired an additional part-time athletic trainer, Jason Dinius, MS, ATC to provide a continuum of care and improve delivery of sports medicine services across 5 days/week. In 2014, UCSF hired Fernando Saldana, MS, ATC to take over Gina Biviano position to continue its sports medicine services.
Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified and multi-skilled allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and specialize in Sports Medicine. The services provided by athletic trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. At Drake this includes:
- On-site recognition, evaluation, and immediate treatment of injuries and illness with appropriate referrals
- Development of a head injury and concussion protocol including treatment and return to play
- Determining an individual’s readiness to participate in their sport
- Promoting safe and appropriate practice, competition, and treatment facilities
- Developing and implementing an Emergency Action Plan
- Establishing protocols regarding environmental conditions including safe participation in heat
- Developing injury and illness prevention strategies with coaches
- Facilitating rehabilitation and reconditioning of injured athletes
- Advice on selection and maintenance of equipment
- Performance counseling including off-season strength and conditioning and nutrition
- Development and implementation of a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system
- Education of parents, coaches, athletes, and the community on athlete safety
Due to the relationship with UCSF, the athletic trainers are able to expedite referrals of Drake athletes for further evaluation to the staff of Orthopaedic Surgeons or Primary Care Doctors within the Department of Sports Medicine. Recently a satellite clinic was established by UCSF in Greenbrae led by Dr. Carlin Senter, a primary care sports medicine physician to meet the needs of a growing patient population in Marin County. She is also a concussion expert and the director of UCSF’s Concussion Program, which utilizes ImPACT testing for a comprehensive concussion evaluation. This referral network greatly improves communication with the athletic trainers regarding the athlete’s recovery, treatment, and limitations throughout the injury process.
Athletic Training Room
The athletic training room is located within the Weight Room and is open after school hours Monday through Friday.
Meet your Athletic Trainer:
Kayla Gradillas, M.A., ATC was born and raised in Lake Arrowhead, CA (Southern California). She graduated from Sultana High School were she played softball until injury ended her playing career and introduced her to athletic training.
Kayla received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Athletic Training from California State University, Fullerton in 2009. In 2013, Kayla received her M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
Kayla joins Drake with over 10 years of high school athletic training experience. Most recently, Kayla was the Director of Athletic Training, Athletic Administrator and Science Teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
For more information about athletic training: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/AT_Facts_revSept2011.pdf
For more information on how to become an athletic trainer: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/AT-EducationOverview.pdf
Athletic training education programs: http://www.caate.net/
UCSF Concussion Program: http://orthosurg.ucsf.edu/patient-care/divisions/concussion-brain-injury-program/