Welcome to the athletic training site!

About Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who work in cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical examination and diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The Athletic Trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, hospitals, sports medicine clinics, and other athletic health care settings.

Athletic Trainers:

  • Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from an accredited university or college and complete appropriate clinical training (this requirement will change to a Master’s degree soon.
  • Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the athletic trainer (ATC) credential
  • Must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating in continuing education
  • Must adhere to standards of professional practice set by one national certifying agency and to a national code of ethics
  • Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, performing arts venues, municipalities (e.g. fire and police departments) and the military.

Injury Assessment

All athletic related injuries should be assessed initially by the school Athletic Trainer to determine the best course of action to manage the injury.


Some injuries can be rehabilitated with the Athletic Trainer during or after school hours in the Athletic Training Room. All rehabilitation times are coordinated with the student-athlete and the Athletic Trainer.

Concussion Management

As awareness and research around concussions has increased in recent years, Cardinal Newman High School has instituted the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, widely known as ImPACT. This tool is used in our contact sports at Cardinal Newman as a baseline evaluation tool used in the event of a possible traumatic brain injury. Select Cardinal Newman sport teams are ImPACT baseline tested every year including football, water polo, volleyball, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and select track athletes.

This concussion management tool is used in combination with other evaluation tools to provide individualized neuro-cognitive baseline and post injury assessments. ImPACT results are read and interpreted by Cardinal Newman’s athletic trainer.

Athletic Training Facility Hours:

Monday through Friday 12:00pm to 7:00pm*~

* The Athletic Training Facility will be closed during football games

~ The Athletic Training Facility may be closed on other dates to allow for travel during playoff events

The Athletic Training Facility is located on the east side of the weight room across from the ACC.

For more information please contact:

Lauren Dykema

E-mail: dykema@cardinalnewman.org

Phone: (707) 569-6822

A little about me

I grew up in Santa Clara, CA and graduated from Cupertino High School in 2004. I went on to play water polo at Foothill Community College where I first became interested in athletic training. I then went to San Jose State and received both my Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Athletic Training. My athletic training experience prior to coming to CNHS includes Righetti High School Athletics, Palo Alto High School Athletics, Lynbrook High School Athletics, Leland High School Athletics, Stanford Women’s Volleyball, Stanford Futures Baseball Camps, Competitive Edge Football camps, San Jose State University spring football, U.S.A. Gymnastics Artistic and Rhythmic National Championships and Olympic Trials, and the U.S.A. Figure Skating National Championships. I am looking forward to a great year and I look forward to working with all of the Cardinal Newman athletes!

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