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    Fryer: Proposal to ensure athletic trainers are certified deserves support
    • October 12, 2023

    Whenever a high school athlete is injured it’s always a relief to see an athletic trainer hustling to the athlete to render assistance.

    It would be better for all, especially the athletes’ parents, to be certain that the trainer has the certified qualifications to render that assistance.

    California Assembly Bill 796 is making its way through the portals of state legislature. The bill would require that anyone who works as a high school sports athletic trainer is registered with the state as a trainer after having been certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

    CIF Southern Section commissioner Mike West started his work in high school sports as an athletic trainer at Ayala High School in 1994 and would become president of the California Athletic Trainers Association. He has plenty of interest and expertise in the field of athletic trainers.

    West said the bill would ensure that high school sports athletic trainers are qualified to care for injured athletes, in games and matches and at practices.

    “This would enable us to regulate the profession of athletic trainers,” said West, in his first year as CIF-SS commissioner. “The certified athletic trainer who is certified by the NATA would have to register in the state so we know who they are. You couldn’t call yourself an athletic trainer and provide athletic training services.”

    Several Orange County school districts require that only certified trainers can work as trainers at their contests. Anaheim Union High School District and the Santa Ana Unified School District are among them.

    Dr. Mike Shepard is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute and serves as the team doctor for Servite. He has also served in that role for UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and the Angels. He is an advocate for getting certified trainers at high school sporting events.

    “California is the only state that does not certify athletic trainers,” Shepard said. “The idea of making certified athletic trainers more of a mainstream thing to have on campus is a good thing. With the emphasis on athletics at our schools, safety should be emphasized for school athletics.”

    Athletic trainers have saved lives. Making sure that all high school athletic trainers have the qualifications required to take care of athletes is something everyone should support.


    • St. John Bosco football coach Jason Negro publicy is using the “nobody believes we can win” stuff so of course he has been telling that to Braves players all week leading to Friday’s game against Mater Dei at St. John Bosco’s Panish Family Stadium. …

    • The game sold out in three minutes after tickets went on sale Monday. Capacity at Panish is 5,000. Bally West SoCal will televise the game live, and the NFHS Network will live stream the game. …

    Mater Dei fans cheer as their team takes the field before the start of the Trinity League football game against St. John Bosco in Santa Ana on Friday, October 7, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    • West said he will attend Friday’s high school football game at SoFi Stadium, where Downey plays against Warren. That stadium, home of the Chargers and Rams, is not a site for any of this year’s CIF-SS football championship games. It might be in future seasons if a rental fee and associated costs are acceptable to the CIF-SS group. …

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