|Position:||Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer|
Hiroki Yoshimoto is entering his fifth year overall with Arkansas State and third as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Red Wolves. His main responsibilities are the A-State baseball and women’s soccer squads.
Yoshimoto’s duties include providing first aid, injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and field coverage for the A-State baseball and women’s soccer teams. He also assists the A-State football team in the Red Wolves’ home contests. As the baseball team’s athletic trainer, he is also responsible for providing functional movement screen for using daily injury prevention and maintenance.
Additional duties for Yoshimoto with the A-State baseball squad include implementing the warm up and cool down protocol, along with conducting speed and agility drills. He also communicates with the student-athletes, coaching staff, and team physicians on a daily basis.
Yoshimoto earned his Master of Science in Exercise Science in the spring of 2014 from Arkansas State.
Prior to coming to Arkansas State, Yoshimoto completed an internship in the spring and summer of 2012 with the Cleveland Indians at their spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. His main responsibilities for the Indians included assisting the certified athletic trainer and physical therapist with first aid, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, practice, and game field coverage for minor league baseball teams during spring training, extended spring training, and the AZL summer league.
Before working with the Indians, Yoshimoto earned a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from Wichita State in the spring of 2012, while he also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Wichita State in the spring of 2010.
While at Wichita State, Yoshimoto assisted the Newman University athletic training staff during the 2011-12 season. Before assisting Newman University, he helped the Shockers’ men’s basketball and volleyball programs. In 2009, he was the Maize High School for football, volleyball, soccer, wrestling and basketball.
Yoshimoto also has an extensive amount of internship experience. In the summer of 2011, he was a seasonal athletic training student for the Wichita Wingnuts, an independent professional baseball team in the American Association. He also has experience interning for the Hutchinson (Kan.) Monarchs baseball team (2010) and the Edmonton Prospects baseball team in Edmonton, Canada (2009). He also volunteered his time as a strength and conditioning coach for Newman University (2010-11) and Wichita State (2008-10).
Yoshimoto is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletics Trainers’ Association and is a licensed athletic trainer by the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a specialist in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. Yoshimoto has also completed courses in Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration from the Postural Restoration Institute, and ART Upper Extremity course from the Active Release Technique. He is also certified in Basic Life Support by the American Heart Association.