AdventHealth has signed a 1-year contract with the Hillsborough County School District in Florida to provide Certified Athletic Trainers at all 28 high schools in the district for the 2020-2021 school year.

PT Solutions, which currently partners with AdventHealth to provide physical therapy services to patients, will hire the team of athletic trainers.

As part of the agreement, the school district will contribute approximately $420,000 for the estimated $1.15 million program and AdventHealth, along with PT Solutions, will fund the remaining cost of the salaries and equipment needed, according to a media release from AdventHealth.

The newly hired athletic trainers for the school district will be at all home and away varsity football games, as well as all home games for volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, softball, flag football and baseball, and they will attend varsity regional and state championship contests. In addition to providing emergency and non-emergency care on site, athletic trainers will also conduct concussion testing to all athletes in the district.

“We are driven by a strong desire to be a health care partner in the local communities that we serve and reach out beyond the walls of our hospitals and physician offices to help people live healthier lives, which includes student athletes.”

— Mike Schultz, President and CEO, AdventHealth West Florida Division

“Our athletic trainers and physical therapists take a collaborative approach, alongside our partner AdventHealth and partner physicians, to prevent, manage, and care for a variety of sports-related injuries. Our experience combined with ongoing research and training provides the best professional protocols for prevention of injury and high-level treatment when an injury does occur. This compliments the athletes’ desire to pursue their dreams and do it safely.”

— PT Solutions’ CEO and Founder, Dale Yake, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS

Each athletic trainer is board certified and state licensed to deliver care such as CPR, small injury wraps and stabilization, and wound care. On a day-to-day basis, the athletic trainers manage acute injuries and collaborate with the school’s sports medicine team, comprised of administration, coaches, physicians and physical therapists, to provide the most appropriate plan of care that allows the athlete to remain in their sport, in the safest way possible, the release continues.

“Hillsborough County Public Schools is dedicated to cultivating a safe and healthy environment for our student athletes. Our commitment to providing certified athletic trainers for each high school has not wavered, and we are excited and thankful that AdventHealth and PT Solutions are willing to help our student athletes beginning in the fall. Our district looks forward to a strong partnership with AdventHealth.”

— Superintendent Addison Davis

The athletic trainers will begin providing services to the school district as as players begin to report for conditioning ahead of the official start of the fall sports season. They will also be a resource for faculty and staff within the district.

[Source(s): AdventHealth, PRWeb]

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