KCKPS Partners with The Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy


Kansas City, Kansas Public School District is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy to provide the school district’s student athletes comprehensive sports medicine services.  

The multi-year contract was approved by the KCK Board of Education in May.

“This will be another great partnership for KCKPS. The services provided by Children’s Mercy include full athletic training and sports medicine services for all District home athletic events and practices,” said KCKPS Athletic Director Walter Thompson.

Children’s Mercy’s Sports Medicine Program Manager Nicole Fillingame said, “We are excited for this opportunity and happy the District chose us to be their athletic training and sports medicine partner.”  

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, high school athletes account for an estimated two million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits each year.  “We believe that athletic trainers are a vital part of a school’s sports safety and health program,” said Section Chief of Sports Medicine at Children’s Mercy, Kevin Latz, MD. “With the increasing number of student athletes,” Latz said, “the importance of proper on site care has never been more important.” 

In order to help reduce the number of youth related sports injuries by KCKPS athletes, the Sports Medicine Center is providing athletic trainers to be at the high schools for daily onsite coverage of practices and athletic events. 

The athletic trainers provide immediate attention to sports-related health needs including first aid procedures, initial assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries, return-to-play guidance, injury prevention strategies, sports-related concussion evaluation and emergency actions plans.