North Kansas City School District expands athletic training prog - KCTV5

North Kansas City School District expands athletic training program to middle schoolers

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Whether it’s tennis, football, soccer or another activity, Mosaic Life Care and the North Kansas City schools are partnering up to keep students on their game and out of the doctor's office. (KCTV5) Whether it’s tennis, football, soccer or another activity, Mosaic Life Care and the North Kansas City schools are partnering up to keep students on their game and out of the doctor's office. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A new program to keep student athletes safe in the North Kansas City School District is prepping to launch.

Whether it’s tennis, football, soccer or another activity, Mosaic Life Care and the North Kansas City schools are partnering up to keep students on their game and out of the doctor's office.

“During the school year, I do track at Northgate and cross country, but all year round I play soccer for KCFC,” Gretchen Rock said.

In the North Kansas City School District, Rock normally wouldn’t have access to athletic trainers until high school. However, that all changed this year thanks to Mosaic Life Care.

“We’ll have the ability to train them well, get them into healthy living and teach them how to train their body properly,” said Mosaic Life Care’s director of sports medicine Tony Phillips.

Phillips says the bigger focus on young kids will decrease concussions, place a bigger emphasis on hydration and help treat injuries faster

“I normally rest, drink water and have a cold towel around my neck,” Rock said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 30 million kids and teens participate in youth sports. And 3.2 million children under 14 visit emergency rooms each year for injury.

The access to professionals inside the schools will help limit those numbers on the field.

“While I’m running, I’m looking forward to being safe. I don’t have to worry about getting injured, and if I do, I have someone on the side to help me out,” Rock said.

 In total, 500 student athletes will benefit by having the trainers in their schools come fall semester.

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