Venice High sports medicine teacher honored as a California Teacher of the Year

Kirsten Farrell, a health science and medical technology teacher for Venice Senior High School, was named by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson as one of five 2018 California Teachers of the Year. She is the only Los Angeles teacher in 2017 to receive the honor.

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California Lacking in High School Athletic Trainers

California high schools are lacking in qualified athletic trainers to attend to student-athletes, according to a report from Fox 40, Sacramento’s Fox affiliate. The Golden State is home to over 800,000 high school athletes but law in California does not require high schools to have athletic trainers at practices and games.

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Roughly Half of California Schools are Without Athletic Trainers

According to the California Interscholastic Federation, there are more than 800,000 high school athletes in the state but California does not require schools to have certified athletic trainers at practices and games. “Absolutely, we have to fix it. It is alarming because health and safety questions on the sidelines of

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Legislative Update 12.20.17

Colleagues; The challenges involved with successfully running legislation often go beyond the policy inherent with the bill itself. Our author, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, is resigning from the legislature over recurrent charges of sexual harassment. When the news of the charges became public, your legislative team immediately began exploring different options. 

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Two of San Diego’s best athletic trainers talk AB1510 and player safety

San Diego athletic trainers Robbie Bowers and Christina Scherr talk with KUSI’s Paul Rudy about California’s lack of licensure and need for regulation of athletic trainers in the state.

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California’s crisis with athletic trainers: High school athletes are at risk

Javier Venegas, a 21-year-old distance runner for Golden West College, suddenly collapsed on the track one afternoon in late January. He wasn’t breathing. He didn’t have a pulse. Fortunately, Pat Frohn, a certified athletic trainer for Golden West, plus a Long Beach State athletic-training student, Tori Mulitauaopele, were in the

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Top sports medicine physician speaks on concussions in kids at Mercy

Research is continuing to look into the issue, but when it comes to football the public is becoming more conscious of concussions than they were a few years ago. Dr. Cindy Chang is one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country and she gave a presentation to

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Here’s how to better protect high school athletes from injury

By Dr. Jeffrey Tanji, special to the Sacramento Bee Advocates of high school sports share a common concern for the safety of student athletes. Many states are re-examining ways to limit risk, as reports show an increase in concussions and catastrophic events in high schools. California, however, is the only state

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Why California athletic trainers need regulations in place now

UCSF Sports Medicine Physician Cindy Chang joined KGO 810 host Ronn Owens to discuss the lack of regulations for California athletic trainers–the only state without licensing/requirements in place. Chang shared why California being the odd one out puts both athletes, specifically students athletes, and trainers at risk, in addition to

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How California puts high school athletes at great risk

As the sun sets and the Friday night lights go on at football fields across California this week, thousands of high school players will prepare to clash. In the stands, proud parents will look down on the field nervously, outwardly willing their sons to succeed while inwardly praying for their

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