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Chester County School District & Lancaster County School District Name MUSC Health Its Official Sports Medicine Provider

Ashley N. Shannon
February 03, 2022

MUSC Health Sports Medicine has been named the exclusive sports medicine provider in providing athletic training and sports medicine services for Chester County School District and Lancaster County School District (CCSD & LCSD respectively). This means that MUSC Health now serves as CCSD’s & LCSD’s complete physician, medical and athletic training support provider. The partnership includes the following schools:

Chester County School District 

  • Chester High School
  • Great Falls High School
  • Lewisville High School 

Lancaster County School District

  • Andrew Jackson High School
  • Buford High School
  • Indian Land High School
  • Lancaster High School

Chester County School District Superintendent, Dr. Antwon Sutton, stated, “We are grateful that our district is able to partner with MUSC to provide healthcare services to our young athletes. Thanks to their support, our students now have the resources needed to minimize the risk of any sports related injuries that could possibly hinder their growth or performance.”

Alex Dabney, District Athletic Director for Lancaster County School District, stated, “The Lancaster County School District is pleased to partner with MUSC for professional sports medicine services. MUSC Sports Medicine Department brings a wealth of resources and expertise to our student athletes. The MUSC Sports Medicine team shares our philosophy and commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our student athletes. MUSC is known for its premier academic health sciences center and now we get to experience the success they enjoy.”

The safety of student athletes is a priority for Chester and Lancaster County School District leaders. Due to the nature of athletic competition, student athletes are at increased risk for sports related injury. Athletic trainers are essential to reducing injury and supporting continued safe competition among our student athletes. These professionals play vital roles in educating our students and staff to prevent sports related injury and assisting with the identification and treatment of injured student athletes.

“Our certified athletic trainers and supporting medical providers are an invaluable resource to athletic department staffs, students, families, and communities. MUSC Health is committed to optimizing sports injury care across the continuum in the communities we serve. When possible, care is best delivered locally but when necessary, we have the unique opportunity to leverage the extensive expertise of the greater MUSC Health ecosystem,” said Mack Wallace, MHA – Director, Access & Network Development for MUSC Health’s Lancaster Division. “Our outreach sports medicine program is a great example of MUSC Health delivering on its mission locally. It is an honor to be able to care for the more than 2,500 student athletes and their families across the districts through coordinated, high‐quality care.”

Through these partnerships, MUSC Health has agreed to provide exclusive sports medicine services through embedded certified athletic trainers and associated physician and provider coverage to the district’s high schools. The program provides 360° wrap‐around onsite sports medicine support through the busy competition seasons, as well as off‐season programming. Injured or ill athletes and coaches will receive expedited access to the vast services provided by MUSC Health, as well as injury prevention education.

The partnership also grants CCSD and LCSD access to more comprehensive adjunctive services that are necessary to provide optimal care to athletes, such as MUSC Health’s Sports Concussion Program which includes a fully developed high school concussion policy, evidence‐based and specific return to play protocols and expedited access to the only multidisciplinary pediatric concussion clinic in South Carolina. Ultimately, enhanced access to the MUSC Health System and specialty referral network means better connectivity to high‐quality care, medical advances and clinical trials when needed.

“The opportunity to deliver care for CCSD and LCSD student‐athletes is in alignment with our efforts to protect and further nurture a baseline of high performance and excellent health for the community as a whole,” said MUSC Health Orthopedics chairman and surgeon Lee Leddy, M.D. “Our team is enthusiastic about providing these patient‐centered services to our region’s student‐athletes and being able to extend our comprehensive program into the Chester and Lancaster County communities.”

More about the MUSC Health Sports Medicine services.