HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider that offers metro residents more than 150 access points—including 13 emergency rooms across the region— to convenient, top-quality sports medicine care, announces an exclusive three-year partnership with Heartland Soccer Association to improve the health and wellness of its youth soccer players, on and off the field. Heartland Soccer Association is the nation’s largest soccer organization.
The partnership with HCA Midwest Health includes providing Certified Athletic Trainers on the soccer fields during tournament and league play to help keep thousands of youth athletes healthy on the field and offers immediate, professional and quality healthcare to athletes should an injury occur. With the expertise of a strong physician network and award-winning hospitals across the region, HCA Midwest Health provides unprecedented, convenient access to care and peace-of-mind for athletes and their parents.
Additionally, the hospitals and its physicians will provide information on safe play through education and other programs, including a comprehensive Concussion Management Program dedicated to improving the understanding and proper management of concussion through community education, outreach treatment, and ImPACT pre and post-injury testing.
“We consider our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association and its young athletes, coaches and teams a privilege and the right thing to do,” says M.L. Lagarde III, Chief Executive Officer, HCA Midwest Health. “The education component of the partnership is a benefit to anyone who has a child playing soccer, the coaches working with the athletes and the athletes themselves. Concussion management is part of the national conversation and we’re a leader in the local education, care and treatment of concussion. In addition, as part of our physician network, we have more than 50 sports medicine and orthopedic physicians throughout the region, delivering immediate access for expert healthcare to athletes. This prestigious partnership perfectly aligns with our mission and our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”
“Heartland Soccer Association’s partnership with HCA Midwest Health is a win-win for parents, coaches, and athletes and underscores our dedication to providing safe, healthy and safe play for youth soccer players, whether in a club or recreational environment,” says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, Heartland Soccer Association. “We are known for our level of excellence and passion for sports, and to work side-by-side with the leaders in healthcare on our home turf is tremendous. Heartland Soccer Association continues to be the fastest growing sports association in the country and its strategic partnerships with developers has helped us be at the forefront of growing youth sports.”
Heartland Soccer is working with area developers to expand soccer programming of league and tournaments at Gateway Soccer Village in Grandview, Missouri and Olathe Soccer Complex in Olathe, Kansas.