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Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainers (AT) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs have been recognized as health care providers by the American Medical Association since 1990.
Beginning in 2022, all ATs that wish to be certified through the Board of Certification, Inc. must obtain a Master's degree from a CAATE accredited program. 
California is the only state that does not regulate the profession of Athletic Training. This means that anyone can claim to be an AT and work with athletes without the proper education.
Cassie Nichols, MS, ATC, CES is a certified athletic trainer and has been working at Fallbrook High School since 2019. She offers evaluations and treatments during lunch and 6th period with an appointment. The athletic training room, which includes her office, is located in the gym between the old gym and the boys locker room. After school, Cassie is often found out at one of the many games or practices we have occurring every day on campus.
Office: (760) 723-6300 Ext. 3608
Instagram: @Fallbrook_Sports_Med
  • Sign in EVERY TIME you come in
  • Be respectful of everyone and the equipment you use
  • No offensive language or comments
  • Take off all cleats outside of the room
  • Take out your earbuds when we’re talking
  • Don’t leave your trash in the room
  • Do not enter the athletic trainer’s office
  • No pictures or videos may be taken of athletes getting treatment or doing rehabilitation
  • Only use equipment that the AT tells you to use
  • Clean every piece of equipment and table that you use
  • Wear a mask at all times and keep 6’ distance from other athletes, unless behind a barrier
Per CIF Concussion Protocol: A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day. A student-athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider (MD, DO) trained in education and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider. If a licensed health care provider, trained in education and management of concussion, determines that the athlete sustained a concussion or a head injury, the athlete is required to complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than seven (7) full days from the time of diagnosis under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be signed and returned by all athletes and the athlete’s parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver before the athlete’s initial practice or competition.

Post-Concussion Return to Participation Checklist
1. Visit doctor for initial evaluation and get a note with diagnosis listed
2. Return doctor’s note to the athletic trainer
3. See athletic trainer on daily basis to monitor progress
4. Complete Return to Play Protocol through Step 6
5. Return to doctor for final clearance for full contact (new doctor referral/clearance note from the athletic trainer)
6. Bring final clearance note to the athletic trainer