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Our athletic trainers are certified, licensed health care 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.

Athletic training services in schools and in the community 

The athletic trainers at the Sports Medicine Center provide outreach coverage to many local high schools.

  • In Missouri: Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City Public School District, St. Teresa's Academy, and University Academy
  • In Kansas: Bishop Ward, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Piper, and Turner

We also have a number of community partnerships. Children's Mercy athletic trainers provide care for student athletes at 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.

Athletic training services within Children's Mercy

Within the Children's Mercy, our athletic trainers work collaboratively with the Orthopedic surgeons and Sports Medicine physicians at the Children’s Mercy Orthopedic 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
  • Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research
  • 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.

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