Winston-Salem, NC -- High School athletes will continue to have trainers on the sideline after groups agreed to continue funding for athletic trainers in Forsyth County Friday.
Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reached an agreement with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Friday morning.
The agreement includes four trainers employed by Forsyth Medical and six trainers employed by Wake Baptist.
Each of the medical centers has agreed to provide a one-time, restricted grant of $250,000 ($500,000 total) to the school system. The money is to pay athletic trainer salaries and to cover the costs associated with the program.
Trainers will also continue to receive insurance and benefits coverage from the centers for the 121 days until similar plans offered by the school system take effect.
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The medical centers will maintain their relationship with the school system. Volunteers will serve as team physicians and consultants to the athletic trainers.
The centers will also organize training for members of athletics programs, including coaches and training staff. The training would include CPR and AED certification and training and refresher courses for athletic trainers, along with other things.
The centers will also continue to help physician volunteers offer athletes pre-participation sports physicals.
WFBMC/Forsyth Medical Center