Sports Medicine

Who are Certified Athletic Trainers?

Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals recognized by the American Medical Association, or AMA. Not to be confused with personal or fitness trainers, a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) works on the front lines of athletic events, providing everything from injury prevention to emergency care to clinical diagnosis.

The roles of the Certified Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Staff are as follows:

  1. Immediate care to on-field athletic injuries.
  2. Recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries and general medical conditions that enter the Athletic Training Clinic.
  3. Providing accurate medical referrals to physicians.
  4. Preventative taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding of injured areas to the student-athlete.
  5. Communicating to coaches on injuries and status of student-athlete’s condition.
  6. Managing whether the student-athlete is safe to return to the athletic program.
  7. Serving as a liaison between physicians, coaches, parents and athletes.
  8. Maintaining all forms and reports related to athletic injuries, rehabilitation and physician’s clearance.
  9. Availability at athletic practices, home games, and specified away games

Los Altos Athletic Trainer Contact Info

Richard Andow, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

Richard Andow is the athletic trainer working with all sports at Los Altos High School. Before coming to Los Altos, he worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Saint Mary in Kansas earning his Masters of Education. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Concordia University, Irvine. He has been Certified from the Board of Certification since 2017. He looks forward to helping to grow the sports medicine program at Los Altos.


All injuries must be cleared by a licensed physician. If an athlete is returning from an injury that has forced him/her to miss practice and/or games, a doctors note must be provided in order for a student to return to action. The doctors note must specifically state that a student is cleared to return to their specific sport.