Mike Chisar

California’s athletes are at serious risk

California’s athletes are at serious risk – that’s the message the NCAA, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Federation of State High School Associations, athletic trainers from major professional sports teams and many others are delivering to Governor Brown. Mike Chisar, Chair of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association

Continue reading

California Schools Short of Full-Time Athletic Trainers

High school athletic trainers are an important part of the student-athlete experience, providing services that enhance athlete safety that include preventive and emergency care. But in California, 80 percent of high schools don’t employ an athletic trainer full-time, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. California is unique in that it’s

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Pro Sports Teams, Division One Universities, and Others Ask Governor Brown to License Athletic Trainers in California

Cite Urgent Need to Join 49 States Regulating Athletic Training The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the NCAA have joined a chorus of others asking Governor Brown to license athletic trainers. They cite the serious risks posed to athletes, athletic trainers and

Continue reading

Friday Night Football In California: Is Anyone On The Sideline To Provide Emergency Medical Treatment?

There’s no guarantee that a California school’s “athletic trainer” is qualified to provide medical care because the state does not require them to be licensed. “We know of shipping and receiving clerks and personal trainers and all sorts of people who may have nothing more than CPR and may not

Continue reading

Rancho Bernardo High School trainer leads team in life-saving effort

Two hours before last Friday’s basketball games, Rancho Bernardo High’s head athletic trainer, Robbie Bowers, reviewed with his team its emergency protocols.

Continue reading

Governor Signs Concussion Management Measure into Law

Today, Assemblymember McCarty (D-Sacramento) announced the Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2007, which will require youth...

Continue reading

Will the elimination of kickoffs decrease head injuries ?

Will the elimination of kickoffs decrease head injuries in Pop Warner football? “Pop Warner bans kickoffs in hopes of protecting its youngest players.”

Continue reading

Are synthetic playing surfaces hazardous?

  When doctors found Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her lungs, Emily Prince had questions. The college biology major wanted to know why cancer would strike someone so young and healthy. She found little help in existing research, which has yet to clearly identify a cause for the disease. “I

Continue reading

Speed trap: Pitchers risk greater injury

Proposed rule changes by Major League Baseball, designed to speed up the game by reducing time between pitches, could lead to a spike in arm injuries as players have less time to recover between throws, say researchers who have analyzed the impact of fatigue. Scientists looked specifically at the effect

Continue reading