St. Francis High School 's Sports Medicine Program strives to promote excellence in healthcare for athletics. Headed by Certified Athletic Trainer Eli Hallak, ATC, EMT, the program has evolved into a multifaceted entity within the science and athletic departments. The "Introductory Kinesiology and Rehabilitation" Sports Medicine Course was created in 1999. It later became the 1st UC approved lab science course, in the field of Sports Medicine, in California . The program has allowed students insight into the field of sports medicine/athletic training along with many others careers in the healthcare industry. Students are the main focus of the program. Whether SFHS students are being treated in our state of the art Sports Medicine Complex, working at interscholastic games as a rookie athletic training student, assisting as a Senior or Head Athletic Training Student for a specific team their senior year, promoting the health and safety of all the Golden Knights and anyone visiting the SFHS campus is our primary focus.
As a primary clinical site for California State University Northridge's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), several CSUN student interns assist the medical staff at SFHS on an annual basis. Along side our team physician Robert Gazmarian MD, and our team physical therapist Eric Landswick PT, ATC; these student interns assist Mr. Hallak in the health and safety of our student athletes on a daily basis.
In 2002, the Sports Medicine Club implemented a new program, the Annual High School Sports Medicine Competition, hosted by St. Francis High School . This annual event has brought students from California, Washington, and Kansas together to test their knowledge in the specialized field of Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. The annual competition is the largest in California and the only high school competition endorsed by the California Athletic Trainers’ Association, the governing body of all Athletic Trainers in California. This day has created some wonderful friendships between students and programs across the three states.
In 2010, the Sports Medicine Club along with the SFHS Chapter of the NHSSM joined with The Los Angeles Clippers and Providence Health and Services (St. Joseph's Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital and others) to expand on a High School Sports Medicine Seminar. It quickly became a premiere event for high school ATC's and their students to attend at the world famous Staple's Center.
In 2014, Joel Doerning, ATC, joined St. Francis as a full time teacher/assistant athletic trainer. Joel earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in May 2009 from California State University Northridge. He has gained experience working with CSUN athletic programs, Pasadena City College athletic programs, the DeBartolo Sports University, the AVP Tour, and was the Head Athletic Trainer at Bishop Alemany High School from 2009-2014. Joel graduated from St. Francis High School in 2004. Joel Resides in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife Alejandra, and their son Nathan.