Who We Are
Athleticare Sports Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization seeking to create safer high school sports programs. It was founded in 2014 by Dr. Ron Wagner.
Dr. Wagner, a life-long athlete himself, noticed the number of high school sports programs in St. Louis that were ill-equipped to run safely. Sports are cornerstone programs at many high schools and a lack of safety can lead to injury-prone activities and even the untimely end of young athlete’s sports careers.
Dr. Wagner knew that the only way to address this problem was to increase the access to certified athletic trainers for these under-served schools – to assist in training, prevention and treatment of sports injuries. To combat this growing problem, Dr. Wagner founded Athleticare Sports Health Foundation with the goal of creating safer sports programs – not just in St. Louis, but across the country.
Athleticare Sports Health Foundation also serves as a premier resource for athletic trainers, offering professional and education resources and access to a world-class athletic training fellowship program.
Athleticare Sports Health Foundation is committed to four tenets, which will help to make youth sports safer for everyone:
- Promoting safer sports programs
- Protecting student athletes
- Supporting the community
- Empowering athletic trainers
To honor these commitments, we offer a variety of services, which you can explore through the following links:
The vision of Athleticare Sports Health Foundation is to build safer sports programs across the country.
At Athleticare Sports Health Foundation, we are working to build safer sports programs for everyone by CONNECTING undeserved schools with access to sports medicine services, EMPOWERING athletic trainers with opportunities for excellence and growth, PROTECTING student athletes from injury and SUPPORTING the communities we serve with access to programs, services and resources to help them build a stronger, safer sporting community.
Promoting Safer Sports Programs
Our goal is to create safe secondary school sports programs by increasing access to BOC-certified athletic trainers. We provide under-served secondary schools with BOC-certified athletic trainers at an affordable rate.
Protecting Student Athletes
The ultimate goal of creating a safe sports program is to protect student athletes. We believe that all student athletes deserve a safe playing environment and access to qualified healthcare professionals. We work tirelessly to fulfill this concept by placing BOC-certified athletic trainers in under-served secondary schools.
Supporting the Community
Communities can be a great source of support for any school sports program. Our sports medicine services are designed to enrich and educate communities. These services also support all of those involved with sports; including coaches, parents, and student athletes.
Empowering Athletic Trainers
Athletic trainers are an essential part of any sports program. We work to empower athletic trainers by serving as a resource for those looking to further their educational and professional development in the field.