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Athletic Trainer:

Enrique Ochoa, MSEd, LAT, ATC

Email (Preferred method of contact):

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

Athletic Training

Sports Medicine


Please contact the Athletic Trainer Mr. Ochoa at and your coach to receive information on how to turn in the 20-21 NMAA Pre-participation waiver packet, physical, and/or NFHS concussion certificate.

It is required for students to be cleared for any out-of-season or in-season participation by the athletic trainer.

Physicals dated after April 1, 2019 used for participation during the 2019-2020 school will be valid for returning athletes during the 2020-2021 school year provided the following:

1.  A copy of the NMAA physical form is on file with the school.

2.  An NMAA 2020-2021 Preparticipation Examination Waiver Form Packet is completed with required signatures and questionnaire meets criteria for participation

      Question 1: A "NO" response requires an updated physical exam using the NMAA physical form

      Questions 2-4: Any "YES" response requires an updated physical exam using the NMAA physical form       

      Questions 5-10: Any "YES" response requires written clearance from an approved health care provider

          o If a student does not meet the criteria above, a physical examination using the NMAA physical form dated after April 1, 2020 is required for participation.

          o The NMAA Concussion in Sports - A Fact Sheet for Parents and Athletes remains a required document and is included with both the participation examination waiver form and physical form referenced above


To mitigate risk and adhere to APS/NMAA/NM DOH guidelines the VVHS Athletic Training Room has moved to an appointment based service for non-emergent injuries.  Evaluations, treatments, and rehabilitation for injuries will take place during scheduled practice times and athletes will need to fill out the VVHS Athletic Training Room appointment request form (link below) to receive an appointment from Mr. Ochoa.  Unscheduled non-emergent walk-ins are no longer allowed due to Covid-19.

Appointments will be assigned by Mr. Ochoa and are limited to advanced rehab that has been prescribed by a physician or acute injuries that have occurred during training.

Availability times may vary day to day pending the Athletic Trainers event coverage.  If there is a scheduling conflict, the AT has the discretion to change appointment times as needed. 

To protect all parties involved telemedicine may and will be utilized.   Telemedicine can include evaluations, home treatment recommendations, home rehabilitation all done through Google Meet.  Contact Mr. Ochoa via the Athletic Training Room Appointment Request Form below to set up an appointment.  

In season athletes may receive priority when being scheduled for appointments.  

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 important to be well hydrated before the exercise session. Too many high school athletes head off to school without eating breakfast, lunch may be a slice of pizza.  At this point they, with very little fuel in their system, they are not prepared to be their best at game time or even practice.  

Some signs that an athlete may not be eating enough to fuel their performance are:

  • Difficulty paying attention in practice or in a game.
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue before the practice or games have been completed.
  • Injury or frequent illness.

Nutrition Tips

To help athletes achieve peak performance it is important to promote healthy eating and adequate fluid intake. Encourage athletes to take time to eat breakfast everyday. Remind your athletes that lunch for many of them will be their pre-game meal and to eat accordingly. And for some athletes, lunch may be as early as 10:30 in the morning and they may not be eating again until after practice or after the game. The size of the meal or snack eaten before exercise is important because adequate time is needed for digestion.  A meal or snack that is high in protein and/or fat will take longer to digest. Years ago a typical pre-game meal was steak and eggs which is mostly protein and fat. Many studies have confirmed an ideal pre-game meal should be predominantly carbohydrate.  Eating foods high in carbohydrate can maintain blood glucose levels during exercise and provide fuel for the exercise session. The closer it gets to game time or practice, the smaller the meal or snack should be.

The body must have the proper fuel for peak performance; there are no substitutes for good nutrition.  Some athletes may be tempted to try an energy drink as a quick pick me up before they compete. There are no quick fixes, including energy drinks, for not eating and drinking adequately during the day.  Keep in mind some of these energy drinks may be too high in caffeine to be considered a healthy choice (have your athletes read the label).  They should not take the place of healthy meals and adequate fluids during the day.

Pre-Game Nutrition Guidelines:

4 or more hours before game:

  • Sandwich with lean meat such as turkey or ham, fresh fruit or juice, lowfat milk or lowfat yogurt.

3 hours before game:

  • Fruit or juice, bagel or toast with a little peanut butter, light cream cheese or margarine or cereal with lowfat milk and fruit.

1-2 hours before game:

  • Fresh fruit or fruit juice or a sports beverage.

Foods higher in fat and protein such as steak and eggs, pizza, nachos, and hot dogs will leave the stomach very slowly and be unavailable for fuel during exercise and should be avoided immediately before exercise.

To help keep athletes well hydrated, encourage them to:

  • Stop at the drinking fountain between classes.
  • Bring a water bottle to school and to practice so that they may take frequent water breaks.
  • Drink fluids with their breakfast and lunch.

During practice and in game situations to drink during time outs or breaks in play, and to drink even in they claim they are not thirsty (since thirst is not a good indicator of hydration)