Sports Medicine

The St. Francis High School Athletic Training department is responsible for delivering high quality medical care to over 1,000 Lancer student-athletes in 26 athletic programs. We are dedicated to the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries using evidence-based techniques in order to return our student-athletes safely back to competition. In caring for our student-athletes, we strictly abide by rules and regulations set forth by California Interscholastic Federation, the National Athletic Trainers Association, and the American Medical Association.

The purpose of our program is 4 fold:

  1. Integrate athletic injury education to student-athletes and parents.
  2. Allow for easy access to medical services.
  3. Encourage a philosophy within the coaching staff that values proper care of injured athletes
  4. Return student-athletes to competition when medically safe to do so.

As an active member of the St. Francis community, we strive to follow the vision of using athletic participation as an integral part of the educational process. While working through injuries, students learn the value of hard work, achieving a goal, and overcoming adversity.

Role of the Athletic Trainer

Athletic Training is an allied health profession dedicated to providing health care to physically active individuals. It has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) since 1990. In addition, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine all recognize and support the use of the athletic trainers. St. Francis High School employs one full-time and one part-time certified athletic trainer (ATC). Certified athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries and illnesses. In an effort to provide the best quality health care to the individuals they serve, certified athletic trainers perform a wide array of duties & responsibilities. The primary duties of the certified athletic trainer revolve around the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. These include coordination of pre-participation physical exams, selection of protective equipment, daily coverage of practices and games, application of various therapeutic modalities, and designing & implementing injury-specific rehabilitation programs.

Certified athletic trainers must obtain a bachelor’s of science degree from an approved and accredited athletic training curriculum program. This degree includes courses in human anatomy, exercise physiology, first aid, biomechanics, and nutrition, as well as more specialized courses in injury prevention & management, injury evaluation & assessment, pharmacology, risk management, and therapeutic modalities. In order to be able to practice as certified athletic trainers, these individuals must sit for the certification exam after completing their degree. This exam is administered by the Board of Certification. Once they pass the exam, they are allowed to use the ATC credential, which signifies them as a certified athletic trainer. Currently, 49 out of 50 states (with California the exception) also require licensure through the state before they can practice as a certified athletic trainer.

Meet the Trainer


Head Athletic Trainer
Scott Heinrichson