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Preventing and treating youth sports injuries

Preventing and treating youth sports injuries

Last year, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield hired two athletic trainers to educate community coaches and athletes about how to reduce injuries, including fractures, in children participating in sports. As part of this community program, our athletic trainers attend community and school sporting events during the day, evenings and/or on weekends.

Athletic trainers

Sam at Sabis International Charter School with male athleteAthletic trainers are certified, licensed health care professionals who work with physicians to provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of patients with injuries and medical conditions. Our athletic trainers teach athletes, coaches and parents about how to prevent and manage injuries so young athletes return to play safely and in a timely manner. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield, athletic trainers provide educational and community outreach activities along with athletic training services to community schools, as well as recreational and club sports teams. Having a certified athletic trainer at practices and games aids in the evaluation and management of injuries and emergency care.

Sabis International Charter School K-12

The Springfield Shriners Hospital provides free athletic training support for the athletes in the Sabis International Charter School in Springfield. Sabis is ranked as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report, providing high-quality education to a diverse population in the Springfield area. The Shriners Hospitals for Children athletic training program at Sabis, which illustrates our commitment to being a leader in specialty pediatric care in the community, supports 22 sports teams involving more than 1,500 students.