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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Two local Catholic high schools are getting some special medical attention for their athletes.

Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University Hospital have started a three-year pilot program with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Mary’s High School, and Bishop DuBourg High School to provide on-site sports medicine care for their student athletes.

“Basically, we have hired an athletic trainer and she is going to take care of both of the high schools so what she is going to do is balance her time where she is going to be at each high school every day,” Anthony Breitbach, SLU Director of Athletic Training, explains. “She’s also going to be there covering nearly every home event that she can.”

“For example, there might be one day where she’s at St. Mary’s after school and then she’s at a volleyball match at DuBourg,” he adds. “There will be another day where she might be at DuBourg after school and then she’ll be at a soccer game at St. Mary’s High School so basically both of the schools will have access to an athletic trainer every single day.”

Breitbach says this pilot program is being provided to the schools as a community service at no charge. If successful, the goal is to expand it to other areas in the region.

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