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In Street Clothes

Covering sports injuries from the perspective of a certified athletic trainer and backed by analytics.

Sacramento Kings

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Manny Romero (Five Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1350 (5th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $87.4 million (6th)
  • 2015-16 Games Missed Due to Injury: 155 (17th)
  • 2015-16 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $7.1 million (12th)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 2 (2012-13)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 23 (2007-08 and 2009-10)


Despite inconsistency at the head coaching position, the Kings medical staff, led by former athletic trainer and current Director of Sports Medicine Pete Youngman and current athletic trainer Manny Romero, have managed to remain a cohesive unit dedicated to keeping the Sacramento players on the court. The duo have had sustained success, finishing as a top-five rated unit since the 2005-06 season.

Last year the team barely missed out on finishing below the league average for the third time since Romero assumed the head position prior to the 2011-12 season. Unfortunately their totals suffered as the result of a high percentage of bone-related injuries with 45 percent of the total coming from fractures and bone contusions. The number is particularly frustrating as acute bone injuries are often difficult to predict or prevent.

However they enter the 2015-16 season after a relatively quiet offseason and preseason. The medical team relocated to the organization’s New Golden 1 Center Practice Facility and appear poised to have another successful campaign.