PlaySafe is an outreach program of the UCSF Sports Medicine Center that provides sports medicine care for student-athletes in the high schools around the Bay Area.
The program was initiated by UCSF sports medicine experts after media coverage of serious injuries and the deaths of young athletes, including one at a San Francisco high school, that could have been prevented with appropriate medical care.
With PlaySafe, the public high schools have access to UCSF Sports Medicine Center experts, including physicians and certified athletic trainers. Doctors from the center perform pre-season physical exams and help monitor the athletes throughout the season. UCSF also sponsors the visits of athletic trainers.
These experts are qualified to determine when an athlete should play or be withheld from competition.
UCSF Sports Medicine doctors who provide services include:
Athletic trainers from UCSF Sports Medicine who work with high school athletes include:
A Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is a health care professional who specializes in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.
The UCSF/PlaySafe Student Sports medicine Internship was established in 2009 by program coordinator Jason Miyamoto to promote aspiring students the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the field of sports medicine. Job shadowing opportunities exist in the training room, UCSF sports medicine clinic, UCSF/PlaySafe game and event coverage.
The internship also includes opportunities for shadowing sports medicine professionals in the community, and coordinates sports medicine facility tours, which have included visits to UC Berkeley and the San Francisco 49ers facilities.
For more information about the PlaySafe program and Saturday morning clinics, contact the UCSF Sports Medicine Center:
UCSF Sports Medicine Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7566
Fax: (415) 885-3862
Request an appointment online with UCSF Sports Medicine.
To make a donation to PlaySafe, please send a check payable to the University of California Regents to:
University of California San Francisco
Attn: PlaySafe Program
500 Parnassus Avenue, MU-320W
San Francisco, CA 94143-0728
Please make contributions payable to: UC Regents
Photo by Tom Seawell.