Trina Santos is the full-time Athletic Trainer at St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School. Mrs. Santos works with all of SPSV’s athletic teams. She earned a degree in Kinesiology sports medicine at California State University Fresno and is BOC certified through the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Mrs. Santos has worked a total of 15 years at the high school level. Four of those years she was a preceptor for Fresno State sports medicine student athletic trainers. She has also worked in a family practice sports medicine clinic for four years and Chiropractors clinic for four years. She worked one season with a professional arena football team and has experience working with Olympic track and field athletes.
While working at SPSV, Mrs. Santos has built the Sports Medicine program, offering students the opportunity to work/job shadow different professions within the sports medicine field. She teaches Sports Medicine, Anatomy, and Physiology, and is the moderator for the Sports Medicine Club.
What is Athletic Training?
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. Learn more about the education of athletic trainers.