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
Athletic Training Room
The athletic training room is located within the Weight Room and is open after school hours Monday through Friday.
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/