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Athletic Training

The Athletic Training program serves the Damien athletic community by providing on-field medical coverage for all home practices and athletic events.
Damien High School is also a clinical site for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) programs at the University of La Verne and Colorado Mesa University. Clinical education experience is designed to provide MSAT students with quality, supervised learning under the AT so they may develop the entry-level clinical proficiencies and professional behavior required of an athletic trainer.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic training is an allied healthcare profession that encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, and chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training education and clinical integration experience follows that of the medical education model and encompasses competencies in evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibility.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as allied healthcare professionals. ATs work in collaboration with or under the direction of physicians, and in accordance with their education, training, and state statutes, rules, and regulations.  ATs provide services that include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

ATs are medical professionals credentialed through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Board of Certification (BOC). 
Athletic Clearance
As required by CIF Bylaw 503G, all student-athletes are required to receive an annual preparticipation physical examination (PPE) certifying that the student-athlete is physically fit to participate in athletics. The physical must be completed and turned in to the athletics office on the school-approved Preparticipation Physical Examination Form prior to any tryout, practice or interscholastic athletic competition. All physical examinations must be completed and signed by an MD, DO, PA-C, or NP. We are unable to accept any physical examination signed by a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic).
Additionally, all incoming and returning student-athletes are required, on an annual basis, to complete the online athletic clearance prior to any participation in sports. This can be completed at
If you have any questions regarding the athletic clearance process, please do not hesitate to contact our Head Athletic Trainer, Gabrielle White, at [email protected] or (909) 596-1946 ext. 866.
Pomona Valley Medical Center
The Damien High School Sports Medicine Program has worked with the Pomona Valley Hospital Sports Medicine Center since 2007 to provide the best possible care for our student-athletes. One of their biggest contributions to the Sports Medicine Program is the Annual Sports Physical Fundraiser, which is hosted in May. The money raised at this event is donated directly back to our Sports Medicine Program to purchase the supplies and equipment necessary to care for our athletes. 
In addition to the annual fundraiser, the Sports Medicine Center provides free injury screenings for our student-athletes, including free injury diagnosis and recommendations for care, plus free x-ray, specialist referrals and on-site PT consultation when needed. The clinic is held Mondays at 4:45 pm in the Rehabilitation Services department at PVHMC. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (909) 865-9810.
Pomona Valley Hospital has also provided Damien High School with our team physician, Dr. Erik Olsen, who works closely with our Sports Medicine staff. Dr. Olsen has supported our sports medicine program for over 12 years by attending our football games and helping our staff in providing care for our athletes. 
For more information about the PVHMC Sports Medicine Center, please visit their website.
Gabrielle White, MS, ATC, CPT, CES, Head Athletic Trainer |
909-596-1946 ext. 866
Health Care Team
Dr. Erik Olsen, MD, Team Physician
PVHMC Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Connor LaRose, MD, Team Orthopedic Surgeon |
Arrowhead Orthopedics
Dr. Steven Bast, MD, Team Orthopedic Surgeon |
Garey Orthopedic Medical Group
Dr. Sachin K. Patel, MD
Sports Medicine |
Garey Orthopedic Medical Group