Mercy Health Forms Partnership with McAuley High School to Promote Health and Wellness of Student Athletes

(CINCINNATI; March 3, 2014) -- Mercy Health has a long history of partnering with the communities it serves to help residents be well. In this spirit, Mercy Health has formed a partnership with McAuley High School to promote the health and wellness of the school’s student athletes.

“Mercy Health has been a West Side mainstay for years and so has McAuley High School,” said Matthew Busam, MD, Team Physician for McAuley High School and a physician with Mercy Health – Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center. “Mercy Health is proud to continue and build upon a 25-year relationship supporting the high school athletes of McAuley High School and I am proud personally to serve teams associated with McAuley and its longstanding tradition of excellence.”
“McAuley’s Mohawks have a tradition of athletic excellence and we challenge our student-athletes mentally, physically and emotionally to be the best that they can be, both on and off the field,” said McAuley Athletic Director Caryl Schawe. “A key part of being at their best is ensuring top notch medical care for our athletes, which Mercy Health and team physician Dr. Busam provide.”
Under this partnership agreement, Mercy Health will provide a certified athletic trainer to serve as the primary athletic trainer for McAuley and Dr. Busam as the team physician who will be associated with the school. The athletic trainer will work under the advice and counsel of Dr. Busam.

The athletic trainer will provide a comprehensive array of services to promote and ensure the safety of McAuley's student athletes, including:
• Managing and overseeing the athletic training room
• Advising the school on the supplies and training equipment needed for the athletic training program
• Assisting faculty and athletic coaching staff in the design and implementation of a student athletic training program and continuing education program and other related health and wellness programs as needed by the school, including providing speakers to address relevant topics for career days, etc.
• Providing strength, conditioning and flexibility training suggestions and programs to the coaching staff through the advice of a certified strength and conditioning specialist and with the consent of the Team Physician
• Monitoring athletic injuries and developing injury prevention training and programs with the advice and consent of the Team Physician
• Coordinating and providing injury follow-up and evaluation with the physicians of Mercy Health
• Providing and arranging all coverage for a wide array of sports, including soccer, volleyball and basketball games, tournaments, events and practices, throughout the school year
• Providing all pre-season sports physicals
• Providing priority appointments for injured athletes
• Providing Saturday walk-in clinics through the Fall sports season
• Providing Sportsmetrics(tm), an ACL injury prevention program

In addition, the physician will provide direct orthopedic care for athletic injuries and injury prevention training for the athletes.