Riverside Sports Medicine is partnering with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools for athletic training.
The partnership, which was announced Monday, applies to the district’s four middle schools: James Blair, Toano, Berkeley and Hornsby.
Under the terms of the agreement, a certified Riverside trainer will attend school events and coordinate appointments with physicians and subspecialists away from the facilities, Riverside said in a news release. The trainer will provide on-call service, daily medical coverage, pre-participation and injury evaluations, and treatment management.
The partnership runs through May, Riverside said.
“WJCC is excited to begin this partnership with Riverside Sports Medicine,” said Adam Otstot, curriculum coordinator for health and physical education at WJCC schools. “Providing preventative and responsive care for our middle school athletic programs with a certified athletic trainer is a very concrete way in which we are improving the safety of every student-athlete.”
Student-athletes will receive free annual sports physicals, orthopedic services and a full spectrum of concussion testing, treatment and management, Riverside said. The agreement also gives student-athletes priority access to the broad Riverside Health System network for physician appointments, diagnostic imaging, surgery and rehabilitation.
The agreement does not prevent student-athletes from having access to the medical provider or medical care of their or their guardian’s choice, Riverside said.
“Riverside is proud to be working with WJCC public schools to make sure our youngest student-athletes are healthy and performing at a high level at home, in the classroom, and in competition,” said Doug Culbert, orthopedic service line administrator for Riverside Health System.