Our athletic trainers are certified, licensed healthcare professionals whose primary concern is the optimal health of student athletes. Athletic trainers are responsible for providing educational and community outreach activities and athletic training services to numerous local high schools and club team sports. Having a certified athletic trainer present at games and practices ensures your student athletes are safer. They are there to manage emergency situations, as well as injury evaluation and management.
The athletic trainers at the Center for Sports Medicine at Children's Mercy provide outreach coverage to nine local high schools in the Kansas City Public School District, University Academy, Turner High School, St. Teresa’s Academy, and Ewing Marion Kauffman School. They also work with the Sporting Kansas City Academy Teams and Brookside Soccer Club. This means athletic trainers are on the sidelines daily at practices and games providing care in athletic training rooms of the high schools and club teams.
We also have a number of community partnerships. Children's Mercy athletic trainers have provided care for events like the Kansas City Sports Commission/WIN for KC summer camps and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Men’s National Championship at Municipal Auditorium.
Within the Children's Mercy health system, our athletic trainers work collaboratively with the Orthopaedic surgeons and Sports Medicine physicians at the Children’s Mercy Orthopaedic Clinic, where they apply casts and braces, give proper instruction on home exercise programs and perform functional testing with patients. Our athletic trainers also play an important role in the Motion Analysis Lab, Young Athlete Conference committee, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research, and Injury Prevention programs.
- Athletic training room responsibilities and event coverage for practice, games and tournaments.
- Return-to-play guidance.
- Youth sports injury prevention strategies, evaluation and rehabilitation (acute and chronic).
- Sports-related concussion evaluation and management.
- Baseline and post-concussion testing.
- Liaison between physicians, athletic director, coaches, parents and student athletes.
- Assist with implementation and design of emergency action plans for student athletes.
- CPR/AED training.