What is the Athletic Training Program here at Golden Valley?

Patrick Godines talking to senior Christian Patino, at their football game
Patrick Godines talking to senior Christian Patino, at their football game
Noa Prothais

Golden Valley has plenty of sports to participate in year-round. But when players get injured, who takes care of them? That would be our Golden Valley Athletic Training program– but what is it, and what do they do?

The Golden Valley Athletic Training Program is overseen by the current Athletic Trainer, Patrick Godines, and takes place weekly on Wednesdays, after school from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Patrick Godines checking up on TJ, player 70 from Golden Valley (Noa Prothais)

Athletic Training is a part of the CCR patient care pathway. In order to take Athletic Training, a student is required to first take Body Systems, followed by Sports Medicine, where they can then be a part of the Athletic Training program.

There is a lot of skills and knowledge that can be taught and obtained on the Athletic Training path. Godines claims that it is almost impossible to teach everything he knows in under a year. Patrick Godines says, “I share with them as much as I can, and what I think is important for them to learn when they go into college, and the professional world”. There is always more to learn even outside of the classroom, and with athletic training this is even more relevant since it’s an evolving pathway.

Patrick Godines teaching his honors class on body systems and disorders (Noa Prothais)

The Athletic Training class is very heavy on in-class lectures, and hands-on learning. Patrick Godines had his thoughts to share on this topic, he says, “I formatted (the class) to be fun, and engaging for me, and the students…and those who are willing and wanting to go and help me out on the field, they have the skill sets to do it, and now we can refine it on the field.”

The Athletic Training course is a legitimate class but also an elective at the same time. It stands out greatly on UC and CSU applications because it is a CCR class.

There are plenty of benefits to taking the Athletic Training class. Taking the Athletic Training class is a great way to get real-life experience in the medical field, and can be a great way to open doors to other pathways in the medical field. If there are any questions or curiosities and you want to learn more about the GV Athletic Training Program, Mr. Godines’ classroom is located in room 302, and his office is located down by the locker rooms.

About the Contributors
Kenan Mansilla
Kenan Mansilla, Staff Writer
Kenan is a staff writer on the Sports News Team for the Grizzly Gazette and a 12th grader at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, California.  He is currently involved with the school’s baseball team and has played for all four years of high school.  Kenan has been a CSF member since freshman year and intends to do so again for senior year.  Kenan has been surrounded by sports his entire life, so he is very enthusiastic about being able to do more with sports by being able to cover them in the school paper.  In his free time he spends time playing baseball and watching sports.  His favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers and his favorite football team is the Philadelphia Eagles, with his favorite baseball player being Nolan Arenado.  He also enjoys being outdoors by doing things like camping and fishing.  Kenan looks forward to this year of journalism because he wants to learn about new ways to write and express things abroad.  
Noa Prothais
Noa Prothais, Staff Writer
Noa Prothais is in 10th grade, she is bilingual in French and english. She is a staff writer on the Sports News Team for the Grizzly Gazette. Outside of school work Noa is part of the XC and Track team, and after school she does ballet. She's on varsity for both Track and XC and has been doing ballet for almost 9-10 years. After only doing track for a few months last year she went to CIF. Being an athlete she’s very passionate about writing sports so that she can hopefully share the journey of individual teams or student athlete, she wants to be able to share about personal records and team environment to encourage the respect and time it takes to commit to a sport, she’d also like to write about student spotlight stories or CEPAT, because it involves more than one topic. She really wants to be part of the grizzly gazette to learn more about this profession to hopefully pursue this in the future. She loves writing, running, and dancing, occasionally drawing.