St. Vincent’s spearheads sports medicine program in Clay schools
By Colleen Michele Jones, Jacksonville Business Journal
St. Vincent's HealthCare is investing nearly a quarter of a million dollars into a new sports medicine program in the Clay County School District.
Recognizing the need to prevent and contain the severity of injuries to student athletes, St. Vincent’s Clay County facility, in partnership with other area providers, will install one certified athletic trainer in each high school and one certified athletic trainer for every two middle schools. It will also hold educational sessions for school officials and students on sports-related topics and provide $1,000 in medical supplies for each middle and high school within the district.
“More than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President of Acute Care, Blain Claypool. "Ultimately, we think our comprehensive collaboration will become a model for other communities."
Athletic trainers will be provided by Preferred Physical Therapy, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists will provide medical direction for the program, and St. Vincent’s Clay County will provide its clinical expertise for educational sessions as well as ambulances that will be on standby during football games.
“We are dedicated to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the school walls,” said Clay County Superintendent of Schools, Charlie Van Zant, Jr. “We are thankful to St. Vincent’s HealthCare for creating this partnership that is designed to make our student athletes safer, more educated and more prepared for their bright futures, inside or outside of organized sports.”
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