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Virginia Mason Sports Medicine to Provide Certified Athletic Trainers for Seattle Public High Schools
- Team Medicine athletic trainers to be medical representatives for student athletes Virginia Mason Medical Center’s (VM) Sports Medicine Clinic was awarded a contract to provide Athletic Trainer Support Services for the Seattle Public Schools Athletic Office. The Sports Medicine Clinic will provide medically trained personnel to work with high school student athletes on a daily basis. Dr. Rosemary Agostini will act as medical director of the program. Beginning in late August, VM will provide a certified athletic trainer to all ten contracted Seattle public high schools. The athletic trainers will be employees of the VM’s Sports Medicine Clinic, and will work as a team to provide preventive medicine and/or acute medical care to student athletes. They will provide injury assessments on the field, during practice, at games, and in the training room. They will work closely with the Sports Medicine Clinic to assess injuries and determine courses of treatment for participating student athletes. Injured student athletes will have access to the Sports Medicine clinic for injury evaluation and treatment. Certified athletic trainers will work at the following public high schools: Ballard, Cleveland, Franklin, Garfield, Ingraham, Nathan Hale, Rainier Beach, Roosevelt, Chief Sealth, and West Seattle. Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.