Meet the Athletic Trainer

Welcome to the Athletic Training site at Burlingame High School
The athletic training room is available to provide the highest quality medical care and education to all our student-athletes in order for them to perform to the best of their abilities.

The athletic training room is an educational facility that is open to all sports participants at Burlingame High School.  The following services are provided at the Burlingame High School athletic training room:

  • record keeping
  • injury prevention advise and services
  • injury evaluation and first aid
  • referral to physician
  • follow-up injury treatment and rehabilitation
  • nutritional information
  • career information and assistance

Athletic Tip
If you happen to be injured or have pain, and you are undecided about what actions should be taken, we recommend R.I.C.E.
R = Rest
I = Ice (15-20 minutes every 3 hours)
C = Compression with and Ace wrap
E = Elevation of the injury about the heart

All injuries should be reported and documented in the training room with the Athletic Trainer.  If the injury happens when the athletic trainer is not at work, the injury needs to be reported the next day, or on Monday if the injury happens over the weekend.

If you are referred to a physician, or see a physician, for an injury you sustained, a physician’s note MUST BE PROVIDED to the athletic trainer!  The physician’s note should state the injury and its extent, status of return to sporting activity, and any precautions that should be taken regarding the injury. 

A physician’s note is REQUIRED before being allowed to return to the sporting activity!  This is done for the safety of the athletes.

The Athletic Training Room at Burlingame High School is located in the Main Gym building.  The primary office is located across from the big gym doors and next to the girl’s locker room.

Matthew Smith, Master of Arts., Certified Athletic Trainer, Athletic Trainer
Matthew Smith has been the athletic training at Burlingame High School since the Fall of 2005.  Matthew was born and raised in San Mateo County and graduated from Hillsdale High School.  He atteneded College of San Mateo for two years before transferring to San Francisco State University where he completed his Bachelors Degree in 1997.  He then moved on to San Jose State University where he completed his Masters Degree in 2002.  Matthew is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the athletic trainer’s Board of Certification (BOC) in Omaha.  He is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA).

To find out more about what an Athletic Trainer is and what they do click on What is an Athletic Trainer?

If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions please feel free to contact me any time. I can be contacted at