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Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of each student-athlete at Santa Clara University. The sports medicine department will provide a comprehensive, whole-person, evidence -based health care. We will enrich the lives of these young adults and allow them to participate in intercollegiate athletics with minimal risk.
We will strive to become the leader in collegiate athletic health care.
The sports medicine team is led by Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, Ryan Holleman. The sports medicine unit employs twelve certified athletic trainers that work in conjunction with primary care sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, registered dietitians, psychologists, mental performance consultants, and many other medical specialists throughout the Bay Area to meet the health care needs of all Bronco student-athletes. The West Coast Sports Institute, under the direction of Medical Director, Dr. Anthony Saglimbeni, serves as the official team physicians for Santa Clara University Athletics.
SCU Sports Medicine is a proud clinical site for the athletic training education programs at Boston University, Baylor University, and San Jose State University.
What is athletic training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Who are athletic trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.