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Participating in sports is one of the most rewarding team and individual activities people can experience. Unfortunately, people sustain injuries that are mild, severe, and at times season ending. When athletes sustain injuries, athletic trainers are ready to act, treat, and help the athletes get back on their feet. Athletic trainers are the individuals working with athletes on the field and on the court. It is the responsibility of the Allan Hancock College Sports Medicine Team to assist the athlete to safely return to full participation.

If you are interested in joininig the Bulldog Sports Medicine team, click here.

Allan Hancock College Sports Medicine team is comprised by Certified Athletic Trainers, Licensed Physicians, Physical Therapists, Student Athletic Trainers (SATs), Nurses, Administrators and Counselors. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. 

NOTE: Information for Athletic training staffs of visiting teams, such as campus maps, directions to the nearby hospital, click here.

Athletic Training Staff: 

     Eliseo "Cheo" Munoz, M.A., ATC, Head Athletic Trainer    

Munoz begins his 15th year as the head athletic trainer at Allan Hancock College. He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also served a graduate internship in athletic training.

From 2001-03, he was the graduate assistant at San Jose State University and the head athletic trainer at Scotts Valley High School. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from San Jose State University. During his time at San Jose State, Munoz also interned with the sports medicine team serving the San Francisco 49ers.

Munoz is an instructor at Hancock, currently teaching athletic training. He supervises the Student Athletic Training program at Hancock. Munoz is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Far West Athletic Trainers Association and California Community College Athletic Trainers Association.

Munoz and his wife, Claudia, reside in Santa Maria with their two boys.

To email Cheo, click here.

Kayla George, Assistant Athletic Trainer

George was named assistant athletic trainer at Allan Hancock College in August 2016. It marked a return to Hancock for George who was a student-athletic trainer nearly a decade before. She transferred from Hancock to Weber State where she earned a bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and athletic therapy. George worked for Clay Sniteman, a physical therapist who provides treatment to professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour. Prior to Hancock, she served four years as the head athletic trainer at Santa Maria High School. George also teaches sports medicine classes at Hancock. George said she was excited to return to Hancock to help expand the college’s athletic training program.

To email Kayla, click here.


Student Athletic Trainers (SATs) are an instrumental part of the sports medicine team. The SATs goal is to earn a kinesiology degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum at the four-year university level, and become Certified Athletic Trainers. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Student’s classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences such as working in the Athletic Training Room and membership to SPAT (Students Pursuing Athletic Training) Club. Any student interested to become and SAT, contact Cheo Munoz at



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Additional Athletic Training Website resources
National Athletic Trainers Association
Far West Athletic Trainers Association
California Community College Athletic Trainers Association
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education