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Sports Medicine

The Northgate High School Sports Medicine Program, started by Glen Barker in 1990, is one of the most popular programs at Northgate. The 150 students enrolled in the program must complete a vigorous UC certified curriculum in addition to hands-on experience at school and in the arena. The program is administered by ROP (Regional Occupational Program), and is offered to any junior or senior student enrolled in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The program includes human anatomy, nutrition, emergency medical care, evaluations of athletes’ injuries, CPR training, weight training, equipment fitting, taping of athletes, and the like. 

Barker and the Sports Medicine program provide injury prevention, rehabilitation, and a variety of athletic training and sports medicine duties at Northgate practices and games. For information about the Northgate Sports Medicine Program feel free to contact Glen Barker


Our Staff

Michael Burns, MD

Michael Burns, MD, is a board certified physiatrist and sports medicine physician. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Stanford University and his sports medicine fellowship at the Dartmouth University/Evergreen Sports Medicine fellowship program. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle, nerve, and joint injuries. As a sports medicine and rehabilitation physician, his treatment approach focuses on understanding the impact an injury has had, knowing the patient’s goals, and helping them to restore or optimize performance. Dr. Burns is passionate about providing high quality care to competitive and recreational athletes of all types and ages. His professional interests include rugby medicine and adaptive sports medicine. Dr. Burns has served as the team physician for men’s and women’s rugby at Colby College and for the NAEHL Fighting Spirit hockey team. He is a classifier for the United States Quad Rugby Association. He has provided medical coverage for a wide variety of other sporting events including Iron Man triathlons, biking, running, and swimming events, wrestling, dance, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and football at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Stephen Chen, MD, FAAP, CAQSM

Stephen Chen, MD is a board certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine physician.  He specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. 

Dr. Chen has been in practice for over 10 years.  After completing Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), he went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation.  There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH).

Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and other local sporting events.  He currently practices at the Saint Francis Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek and treats both acute and chronic sports injuries as well as concussions.