District Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
The Duval County Public School District is a leader in the state of Florida in the areas of education and athletics. The over 8,000 participating high school student athletes have access to a highly qualified sports medicine team at all seventeen public high schools. Each sports medicine team has a full-time licensed, certified athletic trainer (LAT, ATC) that works collaboratively with at least one volunteer team physician. This program is the result of a strong relationship between the school district and the community partners listed below:
Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Wolfsons Childrens Hospital
Nemours Childrens Clinic Brooks Rehabilitation
Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute JOI Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic Duval County Medical Society
The school district also created the unique position of Supervisor, District Athletic Training. The supervisor, Jerry Stevens, LAT, ATC, ensures that evidenced based, research backed "Best Practices" in athletic training are implemented for all our sports programs. This is the only position of its kind in Florida and assures that job performance of each athletic trainer is evaluated by a peer in the athletic training profession.