Athletic Trainers Present at Youth Football Games

USC grant allows on-site treatment for injuries

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- To ensure young players get the medical treatment they need during games, the University of South Carolina is utilizing a $31,000 grant it received to provide athletic trainers on the field.

It's a first first for USC and area youth football leagues. Often those practices and games are not staffed with officials medical personnel. The trainers, two graduate student interns who attend the practices and games for the Irmo Chapin Recreation Department and Pop Warner teams, receive a stipend and paid living expenses in exchange for providing medical services on the spot at youth football events. They track youth football injuries and share the information they learned with others in the althletics department.

The grant is for one year, but USC hopes to renew it for a second year so they continue to study and keep providing athletic trainers on the field.

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