About Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?
According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), 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, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services as an allied health care profession.

Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs), not “trainers”, 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.

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.

*See NATA’s website for more information about athletic training.

About the Sports Med Program

Who is eligible to utilize athletic training resources?
All Club Sport members who have successfully completed all requirements.
$15 Club Sports registration fee
Register for a Club on Do Sports Easy

Sports Medicine Staff
Athletic Trainer - Jessie Ku (949) 824-2017

Sports Medicine Aides - The Sports Medicine Aides are UCI students who assist the athletic trainer in daily operations of the athletic training room and club sport events.

Part-time Athletic Trainers - We have a group of Certified Athletic Trainers who assist in providing medical coverage for high-risk home events. They communicate with the full-time athletic trainer regarding event details, injuries, etc.

*Medical supervision provided by Sports Medicine Physicians at UCI Student Health Center.
Henry Tsai, MD (Sports Medicine Physician)
Hien Nghiem, MD (Sports Medicine Physician)


*Virtual or phone appointments are available at this time. Please email the athletic trainer, Jessie Ku

What can I make an appointment for? You can make an appointment with the Athletic Trainer for any Club Sport related musculoskeletal injury or illness.

What clinical services are offered? Injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, concussion assessment, concussion return to play protocol, and referrals to other healthcare professionals. If you have a question about services not listed, please ask! Some services may not be listed. We also have a lot of resources available and will do our best to get your question answered or point you in the right direction!

How do I make an appointment? Please visit our appointment scheduling system linked below and select the type of service you are looking for. Please be aware of the time allotted for each service and choose the best time that fits your schedule. Please understand late arrivals may be turned away to respect the time of the individual(s) with future appointments.

What needs to be completed before I arrive for my appointment? 3 requirements:
$15 Club Sports registration fee
Register for a Club on Do Sports Easy

Where is the location of my appointment? Your appointment will take place in the Athletic Training Room located on the 2nd floor of the ARC, past the track, and next to the Fitwell Services desk.

How should I be dressed for my appointment? Please dress accordingly for the type of appointment you’ve made and the location of the injury site. For example: For knee evaluation or treatment, please wear something that exposes or allows you to expose your knee fully. A shirt must be worn for admittance into the athletic training room.

Baseline Testing

What is a baseline test? A baseline test is a pre-participation exam that assesses the individual’s brain function. It is an important tool utilized in making return to play decisions after concussion diagnosis and completing the return to play protocol.

Who needs to take a baseline test? All high-risk sports must take an ImPACT baseline test prior to participation in club sport activity. High-risk sports include Boxing, Cycling, all Martial Arts, Ice Hockey, Triathlon, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Ultimate, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Water Polo.

How long does the baseline test take? The ImPACT baseline test takes approximately 25-40 minutes to complete.

When can I take the baseline test? Baseline testing is offered the first 2 weeks of every quarter. Sign-ups with dates and times will be linked on your Do Sports Easy account.

What needs to be completed prior to me taking the baseline test? 2 requirements:
$15 Club Sports registration fee
Register for a Club on Do Sports Easy

Do I need to take the baseline test every year? No, the baseline test is taken once during your club sports career at UCI unless you sustained a concussion, in which, you will need to retake the baseline before participating the following year.

If I took the ImPACT baseline test in high school, at a clinic, another institution, etc, do I still need to take it for UCI Club Sports? Yes, all high-risk members must take the baseline test at UCI prior to participation.

Mission & Vison

The University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Campus Recreation Sports Medicine Program supports the Campus Recreation mission of personal wellness through whole-person care and education.
The priority of our Certified Athletic Trainers and Sports Medicine Physicians is to uphold a diversified program of emergency care, preventative care, rehabilitative treatment, quality injury management, and education on leading healthier, injury-free lives on and off the field to promote an overall healthy lifestyle.

In order to further the physical development of the student-athletes, the Sports Medicine Staff will encourage the athletes to be proactive and take initiative in managing their injuries through education and instruction on how to be self-sufficient beyond their athletic careers to promote long-term health. The Sports Medicine Staff is dedicated to serving every club sport athlete with high-quality care, professional bedside manner, and proficient treatment to ensure a timely return to play. All athletic trainers will be held to the BOC Standards of Professional Practice when working with student athletes to ensure they are receiving quality, ethical care.

UCI’s Campus Recreation Sports Medicine Program seeks to provide preventative care, injury assessment, rehabilitative treatment, quality injury management, and education on how to be self-sufficient to all club sport athletes. We are driven and committed to administering the highest quality of whole-person care to improve fitness, health, and overall well-being. The Sports Medicine Staff of Campus Recreation are dedicated to the future health and wellness of each participant.

Athletic TrainingRoom

For more information, please contact
the Athletic Trainer, Jessie Ku