Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

Lacrosse Injury Prevention: California Legislature Set To Vote On “Athletic Trainers Practice Act” With Hopes Of Ending State’s “Lack Of Regulation Of Athletic Trainers”


The Athletic Trainers Practice Act, also known as AB 374,would mandate that all athletic trainers must:

  • have graduated with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university athletic training program and have completed certification requirements for a nationally accredited athletic training certification program.
  • pass a comprehensive exam approved by a state-enacted Athletic Training Licensing Committee.
  • possess an emergency cardiac care certification.
  • pay application fees established by an Athletic Training Licensing Committee. The cost of maintaining that committee would be covered by the licensing fees, West stresses, ensuring no cost to taxpayers.

The following recounts a the efforts of a “Certified Athletic Trainer” who saved a lacrosse players life:

In May 2009, Tommy Mallon was playing in his final high school lacrosse game for Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Calif., when he collided with an opposing player as both were scrambling for a bouncing ball. The hit initially appeared innocuous, yet Mallon felt a slight numbness in the back of his head. While his impulse was to get up and return to the game, Riki Kirchhoff, an onsite certified athletic trainer, refused to let him. Instead, she placed Mallon on a spineboard and had him transported by ambulance to a nearby trauma center.

There, doctors discovered that Mallon’s neck was fractured and that one of his vertebral arteries had been dissected, allowing blood to leak out of the artery and form a dangerous clot. “If he had gotten up and turned his head, he could very well have dropped dead right on the spot,” says Mike West, president of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association. “Athletic trainers save lives; it’s as simple as that.”

Mallon, who underwent months of treatment and therapy, will never play contact sports again. But because a certified athletic trainer saved his life, Mallon and his mother, Beth, have dedicated themselves to ensuring that every high school in the United States has access to a certified athletic trainer through Advocates for Injured Athletes. The organization’s San Diego-based location is noteworthy because California is one of three states that do not even regulate the athletic training profession. (Alaska and Hawaii are the others.)

For more:  http://athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=3782&zoneid=33

NCAA Lacrosse Recruiting: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Announces Addition Of 9-Player Recruiting Class; States Include Colorado (3), New York (3), Maryland (2) And California


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team has added nine student-athletes, head women’s lacrosse coach Liza Kelly announced today. The list of newcomers includes three from Colorado, three from New York, two from Maryland and one from California.

“We are excited to welcome these nine student-athletes to the Pioneers’ family,” Kelly said. “They are very talented players, as well as hard-working students with solid character. We look forward to coaching them for the next four years.”

Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) was voted a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American during her senior year at Cherry Creek High School in 2011. Boone was named All-Conference First Team in 2010 and 2011, as well as All-Colorado First Team in 2011. Boone led the Bruins to the Colorado State Championship in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and a runner-up finish in 2009, while helping her team win the Centennial League championship all four years.

A midfielder, Rachel Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) helped lead Mount Sinai to its first Suffolk County and Long Island titles, as well as its first New York State Championship as a senior. Dillon was named to All-County Team as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was selected to the New York State Championship All-Tournament Team as a junior and senior.

Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) led Century High School to the Maryland State Championship in 2009 and 2011, and the 2009 Carroll County Lacrosse Championship, as well as 2009, 2010 and 2011 regional titles. The attacker was named Antietam All-Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011; All-Carroll County First Team in 2010 and 2011; and All-Metro in 2010 and 2011. She is the Century H.S. all-time leader in career assists (152), while adding 139 goals. Remenapp also led Check-Hers Elite to the 2008 Club National Lacrosse Championship.

Named the 13th best defender among ESPN’s Top 20 Defenders in 2011, Chelsea Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) earned All-Country and Academic All-American in 2010 and 2011 while playing for Bay Shore High School. Cook also was selected to Newsday All-Long Island Team as a senior and a Newsday Player to Watch in spring 2011

Ali Proehl (San Diego, Calif.) was voted Palomar League Player of the Year after leading Rancho Bernardo High School to the Palomar League Championship. The defender was named All-League First Team and All-CIF Team, and voted Academic All-American.

Midfielder Devin Hogan (Jacksonville, Md.) was named All-County in both lacrosse and soccer at The John Carroll School, where the Patriots were ranked 15th in the nation in girl’s lacrosse last season. Hogan also played for NEMS Lacrosse club team.

Nikki Bracken (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), a defender from Mullen High School, earned Centennial League Honorable Mention as a senior, as well as Colorado High School Activities Association Academic All-State as a junior and senior.

A midfielder from Smoky Hill High School, Natalie Foerster (Centennial, Colo.) was named All-Centennial Player of the Year as a senior, while being selected as All-League Team One and All-City First Team as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Julia Bader (Towson, Md.) played midfield for four years, as well as soccer, at Towson High School, earning Scholar Athlete Award. Bader also played for Hero’s Lacrosse club team.