Mission Statement

The mission of UC San Diego's Athletic Training/Sports Medicine program is to provide the prevention, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It is our goal to provide high quality health care in an educationally progressive atmosphere.

The UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletic Training Department is comprised of three full-time ATCs, four post-graduate intern ATCs and roughly 15 athletic training students (ATS). The ATS consists of students from San Diego State (SDSU) and UCSD. The UC San Diego Athletic Training Room is a clinical site for SDSU's Accredited Athletic Training Education Program, as well as home to the UCSD athletic training internship program.

*UC San Diego Athletic Training internships are available to third and fourth year UCSD students. Please contact Christian Ahlstrom at 858.534.6403 for more information.

Educational Materials
Click here to view some important sports medicine educational materials from the NCAA.

Drug Testing Information

The NCAA randomly selects institutions and student-athletes for drug testing throughout the academic year, including the summer. All student-athletes are subject to drug testing before, during or after their competitive seasons. Student-athletes need to be aware of the NCAA Banned Drugs list and should check with the Athletic Trainers for any questions. Click here for the 2019-20 NCAA Banned Drugs list. Student-athletes who test positive are subject to at least a one-year suspension and loss of eligibility.

Many nutritional/dietary supplements contain NCAA banned substances. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not strictly regulate the supplement industry; therefore the purity and safety of nutritional/dietary supplements cannot be guaranteed. Impure supplements may lead to a positive drug test. The UC San Diego Athletics Department does not condone the use of nutritional/dietary supplements and the use of such supplements is at the student-athlete's own risk. Student-athletes should contact Head Athletic Trainer Vanessa Yang (858.822.0895 or vayang@ucsd.edu) for further information.

Further information may also be found through the Drug Free Sport International, which sponsors Drug Free Sport AXIS for scholar-athletes and athletics staff with questions about  nutritional supplements. Contact AXIS at 877-202-0729 or dfxAXIS.com using the password ncaa2.

Mental Health & Concussions

UC San Diego Athletics Department takes the mental health & well-being of its student-athletes seriously. In addition to having a close relationship with the University's Counseling & Psychological Services staff, the Athletics Training Room works closely with our Team Physicians to address concussion-related injuries. The Athletics Trainers have protocols designed to ensure a safe & successful return to the playing field.

Click here for a concussion fact sheet that includes a list of symptoms.

Visiting Team Information
Click here to view pertinent info including emergency action procedures for our venues.

Athletic Trainers

Vanessa Yang MS, ATC, CES
Associate Athletics Director - Sports Medicine

Vanessa Yang was named UCSD's head athletic trainer in July of 2013. She began her tenure with UCSD Athletics in 2007 as an assistant athletic trainer. Prior to joining the Triton family, she served two years as the head athletic trainer for the Sports Clubs program at UC San Diego. Yang has also spent time at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. While at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, she worked with athletes in several sports, including wrestling, gymnastics, weightlifting and speed skating. Yang is an approved Graston Technique Provider, a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist and an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor. In addition, she is a preceptor for San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University. Yang also serves on several committees, including the Far West Athletic Trainers Association College/University Athletic Trainers Committee and the National Athletic Trainers Association Executive Committee for Education Professional Education Degree Work Group. Yang received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University before earning a master's in sports health care at A.T. Still University. Sport assignments: men's basketball, men's golf

Allison Pastor MS, ATC, CES
Associate Athletic Trainer

Allison Pastor was named an athletic trainer at UC San Diego in July of 2013 after spending the previous year as a graduate assistant with the Tritons. Over the 2012-13 school year, she worked with the UCSD cross country and baseball teams while also serving as a preceptor for the San Diego State Athletic Training Education Program. Prior to coming to La Jolla, Pastor was at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she worked with the women's volleyball and baseball programs. Also in North Carolina, Pastor worked with the Northern Guilford High School state champion football squad as well as the Winston-Salem Dash, a High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, as part of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer's Society. Pastor received her B.S. in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University in 2010 and her M.S. in athletic training from the UNCG in May of 2012. Sport assignments: women's basketball, men's and women's tennis

Associate Athletic Trainer

The ICA Athletic Training Department at UC San Diego shares its facility with the Athletic Trainers for the Sports Club teams.


Directions, Hours, & Providers 

to the UCSD Athletic Training Room

- From Interstate 5, exit Genesee Ave.
- Head west on Genesee Ave.
- Turn left on Torrey Pines Rd.
- Turn left at the next signal (Northpoint Drive - UCSD North Campus Entrance)
- Continue through two stop signs, as the road curves right to the right it becomes Hopkins Drive
- Park in Hopkins Parking Structure.
- RIMAC is directly north of the structure and should be entered on the third floor.

- Proceed to the first floor to find the Athletic Training Room.

Directions to Warren Athletic Training Facility

Warren Field is located on Voigt Drive between Lyman Lane and Gilman Drive.

1.       FROM I-5

a.       Exit Genesee Ave. and go East
b.       Turn Right on Campus Point Drive.
c.        Turn Right on Voigt Drive and Warren Field is will be on your Left between Lyman Lane and Gilman Drive.

Athletic Training Room Hours

Our hours vary depending on team schedules and daily events. Please call (858) 822-2572 to schedule an appointment.

Acupuncture (Mondays from 1-4:45 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)
• Ian Armstrong L.Ac.
• Mike Spituzzi L.Ac.

For more information, click here.

Monica Felix, DC, 
Alicia Oswald DC, CCSP, CSCS

Team Physicians
Family Practice / Sports Medicine Physicians

• Ken Taylor M.D.
• Amy Leu D.O., FAAFP
Alan Shahtaji D.O., CAQ-SM

Orthopedic Physicians
• Bryan Leek M.D.
Catherine Robertson M.D.

Annual Participation Forms

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