St. Vincent’s Clay County Invests in Local Athletes

St. Vincent’s Clay County has created a partnership with the Clay County School Board, Preferred Physical Therapy and Southeast Orthopedic Specialists to provide a new comprehensive sports medicine program to the county’s public middle and high schools. The goal of the program is to prevent injuries. It will provide:

• Each Clay high school with a dedicated certified athletic trainer. One certified athletic trainer will cover two middle schools.
• Educational sessions to schools and students on sports-related topics.
• Each middle and high school $1,000 in medical supplies.

“More than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. St. Vincent’s is investing nearly a quarter-million dollars into this program to protect these local middle and high school student athletes and arm them with knowledge,” 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, provided by Preferred Physical Therapy, will tailor their schedules to the specific needs of the schools they work with. Southeast Orthopedic Specialists will provide medical direction for the program. St. Vincent’s Clay County will provide its clinical expertise for educational sessions and will also provide the medical supplies. Additionally, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service is providing ambulances during football games at middle schools in Clay County.