Jaime Rojas became the Rapids’ Head Athletic Trainer in 2009, and is among the most experienced and well respected athletic training professionals in Major League Soccer. He also held the same role with the Miami Fusion from 1998-2001. Rojas joined the Rapids after spending seven years as the Director of ATI Physical Therapy in his home city of Chicago.
In addition to leading MLS’ athletic training programs during the MLS Player Combine in Florida over the last several years, Rojas has also presented each season since 2010 at the MLS Medical Symposium, a forum for orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, primary care physicians, athletic trainers, rehabilitation therapists and physical therapists, giving guidance on the identification, prevention and treatment of injuries.
Prior to first joining MLS in 1998, Rojas was the head athletic trainer for the Florida International University men’s soccer team. He has also worked with the Florida Marlins, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Men’s and Women’s U.S. National Soccer Teams. During the offseason in 1998 and 1999, Rojas joined the U.S. Pro-40 Select (MLS developmental team) on winter tours, traveling to England and Portugal.
A graduate of Florida International University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Rojas is a decorated veteran of the Gulf War, where he served as a U.S. Army helicopter crew chief and received his honorable discharge in 1991.
Jaime and his wife Jana, also an experienced physical therapist, live in Thornton with their daughter Isla. In memory of their daughter Elysa, who passed away in 2013 due to viral myocarditis, the couple created the For Elysa Foundation, which raises money for a variety of causes including the Myocarditis Foundation. More information can be found at www.forelysa.org.