Manny Rivera is in his seventh season as assistant athletic trainer with the 49ers. This is Rivera’s second stint with San Francisco after serving as an intern athletic trainer during the 2001 season.
Prior to being hired full time in San Francisco, Rivera spent a year working with the United States Olympic Committee. With the USOC, he provided medical coverage for hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in track and field, softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and rugby.
After interning with the 49ers, Rivera served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana University football team. While at Indiana, he was directly responsible for the emergency medical supplies, training supplies and inventory, packing for team travel, as well as game day medical logistics. Rivera was also responsible for supervision, instruction and evaluation of undergraduate athletic training curriculum students. Rivera graduated from Indiana with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2003.
Rivera began his career in athletic training, serving as a student athletic trainer at the University of the Pacific, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine, in 2001. He is a certified member of the NATA.
Rivera, his wife, Lauren, and daughter, Alexis, reside in Benicia, CA.
Four 49ers starters are listed as questionable entering Sunday's tilt with Seattle, and the cornerback and left tackle are among them.
On January 14, 2012 the 49ers beat New Orleans, 36-32, with a dramatic 4th quarter TD by Vernon Davis to move onto the NFC Championship game for the first time since January 11, 1998.