Dr. Ronald Wagner, a life-long athlete himself, noticed early on that many high school sports programs were ill-equipped to run safely – due to a number of factors, from budget concerns to a general lack of understanding of the risks associated with sports injuries.
Sports are cornerstone programs for many people – a time where character is built, sportsmanship is developed and lifetime healthy habits are developed, but when schools are under resourced, these same sports programs, which can be so beneficial in the development of a young athlete’s life, they may 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 athletic trainers for these under-served schools. To combat this growing problem, he founded Athleticare Sports Health Foundation with the goal of creating safer sports programs not just in St. Louis, but across the country.
Athleticare also serves as a premier resource for athletic trainers, offering professional and education resources.
Said Dr. Wagner, “Sports changed my life for the better. They taught me valuable lessons and built up my character. My passion is to provide a safe environment for all kids so that they can have these same experiences.
I believe that we can build a better future for all students with a heart for sports.”