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:
I am originally from the East Bay. I received my BS in Athletic Training from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Following undergrad, I worked at Canby High School for one year. For the last two years, I worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Portland State University while working on my MS in Health Studies. I spent most of my time working and traveling with the PSU softball team, but also assisted with the football team. I loved my time in Portland, but recently returned home to the Bay Area to work for UCSF Medical Center. I work in the city at the UCSF Orthopedic Institute in the mornings, and spend my afternoons serving the Drake HS Athletic Community.
Please feel free to stop by the weight room to say hello! I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know the Drake Community.
My available hours are Monday – Friday, 3-7pm.
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/