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What is a Athletic Trainer:

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation ...more

Athletic Training

Sports Medicine

Concussion Video

Concussions awareness is very important.  In today's athletics, athletes are bigger, stronger, faster than ever before and concussions are a part of the game.  This is an injury that can not be seen such as a broken bone or a sprained ankle.  This is an injury that affects motor skills, cognitive skills, and everyday life, not only the athlete, but those around the athlete, the parents, brothers, sisters and friends.  The video below is graphic, and it is designed that way to show the not only the damaging affects of not recognizing a concussion when it happens, but what can happen when a athlete returns too soon and sustains a second hit to the head called second impact syndrome.  



Return to Play Criteria

If a diagnosis of a concussion or concussion like symptoms are made by the Athletic Trainer or your Medical Provider, Once they are cleared, either by the Athletic Trainer or your medical provider, your athlete will then will have to go through the Return to Play Criteria once they are ASYMPTOMATIC for 24 hours.  The return to play criteria does not start at the onset of the injury. This process takes a week to perform and it is a gradual physical exertion test to see if the symptoms or signs of a concussion come back. For a further explanation please do not hesitate to ask me about the Return to Play Criteria or click on the link in the concussion guidelines for the NFHS box below.

National Federation of High School Sports Concussion Management Guidelines

Athletic Trainer:

Enrique Ochoa, MSEd, LAT, ATC

Phone: 1-505-890-0343 Ext. 37085

Email: enrioque.ochoa@aps.edu


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Nutrition Guidelines for Practice and Pregame:

Nutrition is often overlooked as a potential competitive edge possibly because it is poorly understood. It has been shown that proper eating before exercise improves performance. It is also ...more

Heat and Hydration Guidelines:

Athletes are at risk for heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves during physical activity. The risk of heat illness increases with rising temperatures and ...more

Lightning Protocol for Practices and Games:

Lightning is the most frequent weather hazard affecting athletic events. Advance planning is the single most important means to achieve lightning safety. Removing individuals from activity in the ...more

APS Sports Medicine Handbook 2015

The Guidelines APS Athletic Trainers have to follow in reguards to injuries, return to play and concussion management are stated in the APS Sports Medicine Handbook, which the link to is below.  Please read through it and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.