October 31, 2022

On October 6, physicians from our partners at Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) joined Irvine Unified’ s Athletic Training care team for a virtual town hall to address a wide range of questions and concerns of student athletes and their families. Through their sponsorship of the Athletic Training Program, HOI physicians and sports medicine experts work with Athletic Trainers at each high school to prevent and treat sports-related injuries in our student athletes. Topics addressed during the town hall included injury prevention, navigating care when athletes are injured, and how to best return to sports safely while reducing risk of injury. 

Thanks in part to generous support of Hoag Orthopedic Institute, IPSF provides support for athletic trainers at each of the five comprehensive high schools in Irvine. Prior to IPSF’s support, athletics trainers were employed on a 50% contract, working just 20 hours per week which caused delays in student care. The support of Hoag Orthopedic Institute through IPSF has enabled IUSD high school athletes to enjoy first-class care from professional athletic trainers.   

The main focus of the Athletic Trainers is to identify risk factors, prevent injuries, provide appropriate medical treatment, including rehabilitative services and referral support, and detect and correct health problems directly related to athletic performance, such as concussion risks. These services are provided during and after regular school hours and have also covered summer camps. 

 With a successful fall season of high school sports well underway, student athletes are quickly resuming their busy athletic schedules. Without appropriate preparation and conditioning, athletes can have increased risk of injury. They need to have proper attention to warm up / cool down and an awareness of any pain they might be feeling in their joints or muscles. 

 HOI sports medicine experts have been working closely with youth athletes to ensure they are prepared to return to play and know what care to seek if they become injured. 

 Watch the full town hall to learn more: IPSF – Meet Your Care Team 2022