Program to bring full-time trainers for Bullitt Co. prep athletics

Published: Jun. 16, 2015 at 7:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2015 at 7:21 PM EDT
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SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - High school student athletes in Bullitt County will now have the benefit of knowing if they suffer an injury, medical help is immediately available.

It was announced Tuesday at the Bullitt County Board of Education, all three high schools will have full-time athletic trainers for the next two years.



The trainers will work at Bullitt Central, Bullitt East, and North Bullitt High each day, and also be on hand to keep an eye out at sporting events.

BCPS received what equates to a $285,000 donation from Baptist Health Sports Medicine.

"This is an exciting partnership between our two organizations and it's an unprecedented investment in a school district," said Nick Sarantis, MS, ATC, CSCS Practice Manager for Baptist Health Sports Medicine.

Troy Barr, athletic director at Bullitt East, praised the district's Brenda Pirtle, director of secondary education, for helping secure the agreement.

"Area athletes were either going without services or we were taking away from other areas to provide trainers at a substantial cost to our boosters," said Barr. "This agreement will ensure Bullitt County athletes receive excellent care for injuries and rehabilitation."

The athletic trainers are sports-medicine trained with advanced degrees. Their goal is to help athletes return to play safely. According to Bullitt schools, each high school will work with a different health provider, paying different amounts for the services.

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