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Athletic Trainer

Mike with baseball team

The certified athletic trainer (ATC) at Turlock High School provides comprehensive athletic health care program for all student athletes. Primary responsibilities may include injury prevention, the reduction of further injury and properly administering of immediate care and in conjunction with school physician, the development of the "return to play" policy.

Under the direction of a physician, the certified athletic trainer develops an emergency action plan for the school's athletic department in the event of a life threatening injury and maintains expertise in emergency procedures. It is the responsibility of the ATC to obtain pertinent medical histories, to keep records for injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, and to provide the daily evaluation of injuries as well as the preventative, rehabilitation and reconditioning treatments.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins is the athletic trainer at Turlock High School. He has taken quite a journey to Turlock High School's Athletic Training Room, a trip that included stops in several different countries and all over the United States.

Mike Collins was hired at Turlock High School in the fall of 1998, He started his journey in Visalia, CA., where he graduated from Mt. Whitney High School in 1986 where he lettered in football. After high school, he continued his education at College of the Sequoias, graduating with an Associates of Arts degree in general education in 1989; he then continued his education at California State University, Fresno graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education - Athletic Training option in 1992.

In 1993, Mike was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, and later was licensed by the State of Texas (1998). His first job was at the professional level where he worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for six seasons (1992-1997). Three of those years with the Great Falls Dodgers (Rookie 1992-1994), one with the San Bernardino Sprit (A 1995), and two with the San Antonio Missions (AA 1996-1997), as well as three winters in Caracas Venezuela, working with the Caracas Leones (1994-1997). His time with the Dodgers organization involved working with three championship teams, one each with Caracas (94/95), San Bernardino (95), San Antonio (97). While working with the Caracas team, he attended the 1995 Caribbean World Series in San Juan Puerto Rico.

During his professional baseball he was selected to work four All-Star Games, California League 1995, Texas League 1997, National Double A 1997, Venezuelan League 1997. He has also worked numerous special events, 1998 NAIA Spring Sports Championships in Tulsa, OK, 1998 WAC Swimming/Diving Championships in San Antonio, TX, 1998 Texas Special Olympics, along with a variety of high school all-star games. 

Our Physician's

The Athletic Training Program at Turlock High School is extremely grateful and fortunate to have the services of a number of local physicians. They participate in our low cost physical exams every summer, as well as cover our home football games and many other services that help provide quality health care to all the athletes at Turlock High School.

  • Mike Collins ATC/L
  • James Knapp, MD
  • Scott Hennes, MD with son Ethan
  • Eric McMillan, MD

The Cart

The cart was made possible by group of individuals, mainly from the Turlock Bulldog Booster Club, Turlock High, ROP Auto, local doctors (Eric McMillan, MD, Kelly Mabe, DC). This cart is used mainly to get athletic training equipment to and from the fields and gyms. It also helps get to injured athletes and students when injuries and illnesses happen across campus. This is a very important tool in assisting our student athletes when an emergency happens. 

Training Links

National Athletic Trainers Association
California Athletic Trainers Association
Far West Athletic Trainers Association
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)
Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society

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