Sports Medicine

Mission Statement

The Sports Medicine Program strives to provide the highest and most comprehensive standard of health care for our student-athletes, as well as the SHC Community. We strive to address all student-athletes’ well-being both mentally and physically with a scope of longevity - to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle throughout high school and into adulthood, through education and comprehensive health care.Mr. Melero, along with Ms. Markbreiter (Assistant Athletic Trainer), provide care for over 750 student-athletes in all 56 teams. The Sports Medicine Program provides injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as implements the ImPACT program, a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool for treating concussions. In addition to sports injuries, Mr. Melero and Ms. Markbreiter also serve as first responders on campus for the SHC community and provide medical care, education and information on many non-sports related medical issues.


Staff

Oscar C. Melero, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES, ITAT
Director of Sports Medicine, Head Athletic Trainer
omelero@shcp.edu
415.775.6626 ext. 788

Mr. Melero is in his 22nd year as Head Athletic Trainer at SHC overseeing the Sports Medicine Program. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training/Clinical Exercise and Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology from the Kinesiology Program at Cal State University, Hayward. In addition to being the Head Athletic Trainer, he is also the Sports Medicine Club Moderator and AED Emergency Response Director. He has been a board Certified Athletic Trainer for 25 years through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer through ImPACT, and a certified instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED through the Health and Safety Institute. 

Jessica Markbreiter, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
jmarkbreiter@shcp.edu
415.775.6626 ext. 648

Jessica Markbreiter, MS, ATC is in her second year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. In addition, she also serves as Assistant Sports Medicine Club Moderator. Prior to joining SHC, Ms. Markbreiter was the Head Athletic Trainer at Half Moon Bay High School for four years. She has been a Board Certified Athletic Trainer for seven years through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Texas Christian University and Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University. Over her years of education and certification she has gained clinical experience in Division I University, Junior College, and High School settings. She has co-authored two studies that were published in the Journal of Rehabilitation. 

John Touhy, DO
Head Team Physician

Dr. John Touhy has been a primary care sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco for over ten years. In addition to being a team physician at Sacred Heart Cathedral, he also is a team physician at University of San Francisco. Dr Touhy did his medical school training at Des Moines University, his family medicine residency at Macneal Hospital (affiliated with the University of Chicago), and his primary care sports medicine fellowship at UCLA. Dr Touhy is also a member of the Kaiser SF Academy of Medical Educators & is part of the clinical teaching faculty at multiple programs including Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, UCSF, and Touro University.

Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) and Athletic Participation Forms

We are partnering with Magnus Health to collect, manage and electronically store student health information, parent/guardian contact information, Preparticipation Physical Exam (PPE) Form, and electronically complete other mandated athletic participation related forms. You can find details regarding the privacy and security of this system here.

This new system will help ensure that accurate and timely information is accessible to parents and appropriate school personnel. It should also reduce the amount of paperwork for parents to complete each year. As this is a web-based system, you will have continuous access to your child’s health record as well as the ability to make updates when needed.

Here is a checklist of things that should be completed on Magnus:

  • Conditional Questions
  • Vital Health Record - Health History
  • Consent to Treat Form
  • Athletic Participation Forms
  • Preparticipation Physical Exam (PPE) Form (uploaded)

And, if applicable upload:

  • Prescription Medication Form
  • Asthma Action Plan Form
  • Food Allergy Action Plan Form
  • Diabetes Action Plan Form
  • Seizure Action Plan Form

Contact Mr. Sazo  if you are having difficulty accessing your Magnus Account.


COVID-19 and Athletic Participation

The health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches/staff is our highest priority. We are taking action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and following the San Francisco Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines to protect students, families, and our community. For more information on SHC’s response to COVID-19, please visit click here.

In order to participate in SHC Athletics, in addition to being registered on Magnus and having a current PPE on file, students must have the following COVID-19 related items on file with the Attendance Office:

  • Acknowledgement of Health Risks Form
  • SHC Community Health Pledge Form
  • Negative COVID-19 Test (no more than 14 days prior to starting participation)

There are risks of medical complications associated with COVID-19 in youth athletes. Per the CIF, and on the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, student-athletes who test positive for COVID-19 must be medically cleared by a physician (MD or DO) and complete a gradual/step-wise return to physical activity progression. This package (link below) contains the Physician Form, the Return to Physical Activity Progression Form, and other information. Please return the Physician Form to the SHC athletic trainers once completed by your physician.

  • SHC Athletics COVID-19 Parent-Physician Package

Injury/Illness Physician Form

Please do not use this form for head injuries/concussions. Instead, use the Physician Note to School form under the Concussion section below.

Accident/First-Aid Report Form

The Accident and First-Aid Report is to be completed by coaches in case of injury or accident at practice or competition.

Concussions

For more information regarding concussions, please visit the CIF's website.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators

For more information on sudden cardiac arrest and AEDs, please visit the CIF's website.

Emergency Action Plans

  • Gym/Pavilion
  • Weight Room
  • Practice Field
  • Lang Field (off-site practice/game site)
  • Kezar Stadium (off-site practice/game site)
  • Beach Chalet (off-site practice/game site)
  • Westmoor High School (off-site practice site)
  • San Francisco State University (practice/game site)

Information for Visiting Teams

Most on-site athletic events will be covered by an athletic trainer and provided access to water and ice for injuries. These sports include: girls and boys volleyball, girls and boys basketball, football and wrestling. If you would like to arrange for treatment for a student-athlete, please contact Director of Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer Mr. Oscar Melero ahead of time at 415.775.6626 ext. 788.

Due to the numerous off-campus sites for outdoor sports, an athletic trainer may not be present for all events. These sites have limited or no access to water or ice for injuries, so we strongly suggest visiting teams bring water, injury ice and a first aid kit. Again, if you would like to arrange for treatment for a student-athlete please contact Mr. Oscar Melero ahead of time.

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