Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to provide sports medicine and athletic training services to the university’s student-athletes. This agreement represents CHS’s first collegiate athletic training partnership and provides JCSU with a comprehensive sports medicine continuum of care and connection to CHS’ clinical experts and programming. This includes sports medicine physicians, primary care services, Carolinas Rehabilitation and connection to the ever-expanding clinical expertise throughout CHS. This partnership allows athletic trainers to connect JCSU with innovative sports medicine programs such as the Carolinas Concussion Network and ImPACT Testing.
Johnson C. Smith University sponsors 15 sports and cheerleading at the NCAA Division II level and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
“I am excited by the renewed partnership between CHS and JCSU that will only grow stronger having our own physicians and athletic trainers working to take care of these athletes, says David Price, MD, Medical Director Carolinas HealthCare System Sports Medicine. “Athletic trainers bring a wealth of experience and up-to-date knowledge to the athletic fields and training room and will help these athletes achieve peak performance and get them back to playing safely should injury or sickness occur.”
“We are very excited about our expanded partnership with Carolinas Health Care system in the area of Sports Medicine,” shares Natasha Wilson, Associate Athletic Director, Johnson C. Smith University. “Our goal over the past year has been to improve the well-being of our student-athletes especially in the areas of health and safety, this new and enhanced partnership accomplishes just that.”
Carolinas HealthCare System will also continue to partner with secondary schools across the Carolinas to provide comprehensive sports medicine programming. Certified athletic trainers work full-time in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools and in other school districts across the region, ensuring student-athletes are properly trained, treated and rehabilitated for the duration of their high-school playing careers.