In support of our primary goals of spiritual, intellectual and physical development of its students, the mission of the JSerra Athletic Training Program is to fashion a program founded on integrity, accountability and scientific evidence-based doctrine.
The Athletic Training staff will provide every student-athlete with the most comprehensive, highest quality, individual sports medicine health care available in a professional, efficient, compassionate and service-oriented manner.
A diversified program of prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation will assure a positive healthy recovery experience, an improved quality of life, a safe return to full athletic participation and continued athletic success.
What Is Athletic Training?
From on-field emergency care to follow-up treatment and rehabilitation, athletic trainers provide professional health care to injured athletes. A main focus for the athletic trainer is prevention of athletic injuries. They work closely with the rest of the sports medicine team, including doctors, physical therapists, coaches and parents.
To become a certified athletic trainer one must earn a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive exam administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet additional continuing education units to remain certified. For more information on athletic training visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association website at www.nata.org.
If you have any questions regarding the JSerra Athletic Training Program, please call 949.276.2806.
Meet the JSerra Athletic Training Staff
A native of Southern California, Ms. Gradillias graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in athletic training from California State University, Fullerton. She also completed the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at CSUF. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine in February 2013. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the California Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA) and the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association (FWATA). Ms. Gradillas first got involved in athletic training when she was a former softball player and sustained an injury, thus introducing her to this profession.
Ms. Gradillas may be reached at 949.276.2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Rodgers was born in Northern California but has lived all over California, and is proud to call Southern California his home. An alumnus of Mission Viejo High School, he earned his A.A. in Kinesiology at Saddleback Community College, and then his B.S. in Athletic Training at Chapman University. He played football in high school and college until he tore his ACL at Chapman University in his last year of eligibility, which allowed him to get a better look at what athletic training entails and inspired him to become an athletic trainer. He has worked with the NFL San Francisco 49ers (2010 and 2011 seasons), the Concordia University's men's and women's volleyball teams (2013, 2014), the USA men's and women's national volleyball teams (2013, 2014), and the USA women's national water polo team (2013).
While Mr. Rodgers was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Concordia, he had the opportunity to assist JSerra as an athletic trainer for the 2012 football season. He enjoyed the experience and kept in touch with the staff after he left. He felt God had called him to work at a Christian high school, so he hoped to be back at JSerra some day. He was given the opportunity to come back when the head athletic trainer position opened up in the summer of 2014. Mr. Rodgers considers it a huge blessing to be able to help students play the sports they love and grow closer to God. He enjoys the beach, working out, playing beach volleyball, and going on dates with his wife Natalie.