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Escondido resident honored with “Athletic Trainer of the Year” Award



Robbie Bowers, a certified athletic trainer, has been a committed pioneer to the profession, serving student athletes and faculty at Rancho Bernardo High School for the past 26 years.

Robbie Bowers, a certified athletic trainer, has been a committed pioneer to the profession, serving student athletes and faculty at Rancho Bernardo High School for the past 26 years.

Escondido resident Robbie Bowers, head athletic trainer at Rancho Bernar­do High School, and Niki Dehner, head athletic trainer at Francis W. Parker School, have been co-named “Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the San Diego High Schools Athletic Trainers’ Association.

The peer-nominated award is given to ath­letic trainers who have demonstrated a com­mitment to protecting student athletes and the community, and upholding the standards of the profes­sion.

Robbie Bowers, a certified athletic trainer, has been a committed pioneer to the profession, serving student ath­letes and faculty at Rancho Bernardo High School for the past 26 years. He’s also acted as a liaison for the Califor­nia Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego – educating administrators on athletic training and advocating for appropriate athletic training medi­cal coverage at CIF events. He often serves as a media spokesperson for the California Athletic Trainers’ Associa­tion.

A San Diego State University gradu­ate, Bowers is a preceptor for the uni­versity’s athletic training program, where he teaches soon-to-be profes­sionals in the field. “Robbie knows everyone,” says mentee and nomina­tor Diane Lawrence. “Those who call upon him know that they will not be let down with the quality of work and care he puts into treating student ath­letes.”

Niki Dehner is a certified athletic trainer and long- standing, respected member of the pro­fession. In her role at Francis W. Parker School, Dehner has worked to elevate existing programs, exceeding the standards of practice not only at the school, but statewide.

Athletic trainers play a vital part in protecting student athletes and sav­ing lives, since they’re the first health care professionals on-site to prevent and treat injuries. They make clinical decisions for athletes every step of the way, from performance training and injury prevention to executing on-site emergency care at the scene of an acci­dent or rehabilitating injuries and get­ting athletes back to regular activity.

In addition to athletes, athletic train­ers serve a multitude of industries and fields, playing a key role in the preven­tion, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses in a variety of settings.


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