NFL, Mercy and OKC Public Schools Partner for Safety in Sports

September 8, 2017

Keeping athletes safe is a priority and thanks to a grant from the NFL and a partnership with Mercy, four Oklahoma City Public Schools now have full-time athletic trainers onsite to help prevent, assess and rehabilitate injuries.

As part of the first year of a pilot program by the NFL, Mercy has hired certified athletic trainers for Northwest Classen, Capitol Hill, Douglass and Grant high schools. Each school will receive $35,000 from the NFL over a three-year period to offset costs for sports medicine equipment and supplies. The goals for the partnership are to reduce the number of concussions, improve cardiac safety and limit heat-related illnesses. For more information, watch this News 9 story.

Collin Gentry, Mercy athletic trainer, checks sports medicine supplies before football practice at Northwest Classen High School.

Collin Gentry, Mercy athletic trainer, checks sports medicine supplies before football practice at Northwest Classen High School.

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