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Bullitt County Schools to receive three full-time athletic trainers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A huge partnership will keep high school athletes safe. Baptist Healthcare is donating around $285,000 to staff Bullitt County High Schools with full-time athletic trainers.

Whether it is your little girl hitting the court, or your baby boy taking hits on the football field, parents are often holding their breath. "When it comes down to it, every parent,  they don't care about any other child. They want to make sure their child is safe and we can safely say that's going to happen for our students in Bullitt County," said Brenda Pirtle, director of secondary schools.

Bullitt County schools are getting a big boost in their athletic departments.  "This will be 3 full time salaries and benefits and zero cost to the schools," said Nick Sarantis, manager of Baptist Health Sports Medicine.

Baptist Health Sports Medicine will provide 3 full-time athletic trainers at Bullitt Central, Bullitt East, and North Bullitt High Schools. North Bullitt had a part-time trainer--who will now move to full-time. "They will be at the school to cover all practices, games, provide evaluations, rehabilitation, and as well  give the parents, coaches, instant access and communication to physicians, surgeons in the Baptist Health network," Sarantis explained.

The Bullitt County School District is thrilled. "One of the main things they asked is that we provide a facility to come in and work with our students and as well, advertise on our websites and the sports pages, so we felt that was a very fair deal," said Pirtle.

The trainers will be for all sports. The trainers will be sports-medicine trained with advanced degrees. "We will make sure we are equal balanced with girls and boys and we will also talk about, we will discuss which sport is the most serious with injuries," Pirtle added.

"This is going to allow the coaches to focus on coaching," said Sarantis. 

The partnership is good for the next two years and will hopefully let parents breathe easier when their pride and joy is at practice or starring in a game. "Have the parents and coaches really with that peace of mind to know that a certified medical professional is there to take care of their kids," said Sarantis.

Baptist Healthcare says the trainers will all be ready to go July 15.

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