MISSOURI – As part of its ongoing support of athletes of all levels, Mercy has been named the “Official Sports Medicine Provider” for the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).
Through the five-year partnership with MYSA, Mercy Sports Medicine will provide services such as athletic training, outpatient therapy and rehabilitation as well as any other component of sports medicine including performance training and all physician services.
Mercy also will provide on-site coverage at all MYSA State Cup events and Presidents Cup events in Mercy communities throughout Missouri.
“The partnership with Mercy will not only provide our young athletes with medical resources during games but also help educate them about proper nutrition and how to stay healthy throughout the season and beyond,” said Jake Griesenauer, executive director of MYSA.
“Our physicians and sports medicine team are leading the way in care for athletes across Mercy’s four states,” said Donn Sorensen, Mercy regional president. “Whether a professional, a high-schooler, a collegian or a weekend athlete, the full resources of Mercy Sports Medicine are here for them all.”
Missouri Youth Soccer Association, based in St. Charles, Mo., was founded in 1982. It serves as the state association for both U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer in Missouri with more than 36,000 member players, coaches and team managers from more than 85 different clubs and leagues. MYSA provides various programs and services all aimed to foster, develop and grow the game of soccer throughout the state, including coaching education, standardized rules and policies, tournaments, player development programs, grant and scholarship programs, special events and much more.
Mercy Sports Medicine serves as the Official Medical Provider for a number of professional and university teams and events, such as the St. Louis Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Oklahoma City Energy Football Club, Arkansas Razorbacks, Missouri State University and the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Mercy Sports Medicine also provides care for a number of high school and youth sports leagues, as well as weekend athletes across Mercy’s four states.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.