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SPORTS MEDICINE

As part of a complete health care team, our Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) work under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Certified Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries.


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INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

The Athletic Training Office is located in the first floor of the Eagle Athletic Center (R109), just across the service road from the entrance to the pool. We are here to ensure the health and safety of Santa Margarita Catholic High School and visiting student-athletes, coaches, spectators, and officials.

A Certified Athletic Trainer will be on site for all SMCHS home contests. Water and injury ice will be provided for all games at Santa Margarita. Athletic Trainers may provide other services upon request. Please contact the Athletic Training Office ahead of time to assure assistance or with any other questions.

kingsburym@smhs.org or andersonn@smhs.org
(949) 766-6000 Ext. 2212
Fax: (949) 766-6066

Santa Margarita Catholic High School
ATTN: Athletic Training Room
22062 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

CONCUSSION INFORMATION

Santa Margarita Catholic High School understands the seriousness of concussion both in and out of sport. That is why we've created a comprehensive Concussion Management Program that begins the moment a concussion is suspected. Based on medical best practices set forth by professionals in the study of concussion management, this program is designed to transition your student back to the classroom and playing field in the safest way possible.

If you suspect your student has suffered a concussion, please click here for additional information.

If you believe your student is having a medical emergency please call 911.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy may be required for some injuries and post-surgical athletes. The Santa Margarita Sports Medicine team works closely with several of the physical therapy clinics in the area and does not endorse any of the providers listed below over another.

Pro Sport Physical Therapy
22032 El Paseo # 210
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
(949) 766-8535

RSM Physical Therapy
29803 Santa Margarita Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
(949) 459-9010

M & M Physical Therapy
800 Corporate Drive
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 218-0790
Full Motion Physical Therapy
31461 Rancho Viejo Road #101
San Juan Capistrano, CA
(949) 542-5000

STUDENT-AID PROGRAM

Santa Margarita Catholic High School students who are interested in a medical career may apply to be an Athletic Training Student Aide. The student aides will receive P.E. credit for each semester they remain a student aide.

Student aides are required to be in the athletic training room for the entirety of eighth period and attend AT LEAST one sporting event per week with the athletic training staff.

Student aides duties will consist of:

  1. Assist in day-to-day operation of the athletic training room.
  2. Learn basic biological functions of the body's major systems.
  3. Learn basic taping/bracing techniques for various body parts.
  4. Assist in the medical care of Eagle athletic teams on game day.

The SMCHS athletic training student aide program is a great way for students aspiring to join the medical field to get first hand experience dealing with athlete injuries and help the Eagle teams to victory.

For more details, contact the Athletic Training Office.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. To become certified athletic trainers, students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active.
  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Professional Sports
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • The Military
  • Industrial and Commercial
  • Performing Arts
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to almost 30,000 members worldwide today. Additional information can be found at www.nata.org.

TEAM DOCTOR

Santa Margarita Catholic High School works with South County Orthopedic Specialists (SCOS). Our team physicians are present at varsity football games and are available year round for office visits. SCOS is able to set next day appointments for SMCHS student-athletes. When calling for an appointment, be sure to identify yourself as a Santa Margarita Catholic High School athlete. SCOS also participates in our annual physicals.

South County Orthopedic Specialists
24331 El Toro Road
Suite 200
Laguna Woods, CA 92653
(949) 586-3200 phone
(949) 900-2099 fax

Scott Graham, M.D.

Dr. Graham is a native of Santa Barbara. After graduation from USC School of Medicine, he completed a residency in orthopedics at UC Irvine. During his residency, Dr. Graham worked at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic and as an assistant team physician with the Los Angeles Lakers and Anaheim Angels. He then traveled to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic for further training with a fellowship in Sports Medicine. He was a team physician and orthopedic consultant for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers. He is currently a team physician for Santa Margarita High School, Laguna Hills High School and is Medical Director of Athletics for Concordia University. Dr. Graham practices general orthopedics with specialization in sports medicine injuries.

WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION

The Santa Margarita Catholic High School Athletic Department is now utilizing Athletic Clearance.com for athletic registration. This process includes all forms required by the athletic department and athletic training office to participate in Eagle Athletics. Please ask your coach if there are other forms required specific to that sport.

This process is also being utilized by the Activities Department for Cheer, Song, Ice Hockey, Roller Hockey, and Equestrian.

To begin the process, CLICK HERE

To Download the Physical Form, CLICK HERE

If you received an email stating you were 'Denied' and require assistance, CLICK HERE

Please keep a few points in mind as you go through the registration process:

You must upload your child’s DATED physical form. Physical forms without a date will be invalid. You can upload via scan and upload or take a picture with your tablet or smart phone and upload that way. Do NOT upload your physical until signed and DATED by a physician.

For parent or guardian information, please enter the PRIMARY contact information for the student. For example, if you are the host family for a student, please enter YOUR contact information into the Parent/Guardian section of the registration process.

Hard copies and email copies of forms WILL NOT be accepted by SMCHS personnel.

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