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ALBEMARLE, N.C. – Stanly Regional Medical Center, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, has announced a new partnership with Stanly County Schools that will provide athletic training services and health and wellness programming to Stanly County high schools. This four-year agreement will bring full-time certified athletic trainers into local Stanly County high schools that will work on-site and will focus their efforts on keeping students safe and healthy.
Through this partnership, athletic training services will begin to be integrated into four Stanly County High Schools over the next three years. Albemarle High School and West Stanly High School will both receive athletic trainers during the 2014-2015 school year. North Stanly High School and South Stanly High School will receive athletic trainers over the next two school years, one school receiving a trainer in 2015 and the other in 2016.
The licensed athletic trainers will be Carolinas HealthCare System employees who will be located on school campuses to coordinate the care for student athletes as well as the general student population who have sport-related concerns.
“It is our commitment to serve our community and to continually seek opportunities to improve the health of our entire population,” said Al Taylor, president and CEO of Stanly Regional Medical Center. “We look forward to developing our partnership with the Stanly County School system in an effort to support the high school athletes throughout the county.”
The athletic trainers will focus on prevention, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. In addition, the trainers will serve as liaisons between the school, community and Stanly Regional Medical Center to facilitate access to services. When additional care is required, the specialty trained physicians at Stanly Regional Medical Center offer advanced orthopaedic care and rehabilitation services needed for recovery.
Stanly County Schools will benefit from the trainer’s expertise in prevention, care and management of athletic injuries. Concussion testing and management will also be provided to each high school through Carolinas HealthCare System Carolinas Concussion Network, which offers expertise in the identification, diagnosis and management of concussions. Trainers will also monitor student’s hydration levels, helping to prevent the risk of heat strokes. The dedicated care that athletic trainers will provide students can result in lower injury rates, lower number of recurrent injuries and improved recovery time.
In addition to providing athletic training services, Stanly Regional Medical Center’s partnership with Stanly County Schools includes plans to offer health-related programming for students and staff. Injury Prevention Education, First Aid and CPR training for coaches, sports nutrition education for the physically active and Mental Health First Aid are just a few examples of the many health and wellness programs that will be made available to the schools.