Schools falling short in hiring full-time trainers

Last month, a spectator suffered a heart attack while attending a basketball game at Rancho Bernardo High.

Robbie Bowers — the school’s certified athletic trainer, also known as an AT— was working the game. He and his staff put their emergency action plan into effect, utilizing the school’s defibrillator and CPR to save the elderly man’s life.

Unlike at Rancho Bernardo and other high schools in the Poway district, few student-athletes — let alone fans — in the CIF’s San Diego Section enjoy the safety and benefits of a full-time certified athletic trainer.

According to a 2015 story by CBS Sacramento, 80 percent of California high schools don’t employ full-time athletic trainers, whose job is to collaborate with physicians in providing preventive and emergency care, diagnosis, rehabilitation and other medical services.

Additionally, not all trainers are certified. And none are licensed in California.

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