Ascension’s Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, has reached an agreement with Lonestar Soccer Club to serve as the exclusive medical provider for the largest youth soccer league in Austin and Central Texas.

The multiyear agreement includes Ascension Seton Sports Performance athletic trainers and physicians providing medical care at Lonestar Soccer Club practices, games, clinics and tournaments.

Dell Children’s agreement with Lonestar Soccer Club “ensures thousands of young athletes will have access to the highest level of sports medicine and athletic trainers on the field and on the sidelines,” said Adam Bauman, Vice President, Orthopedics and Sports Performance, Ascension Seton, part of Ascension Texas. “This model of sports medicine for youth athletes includes health and sports education, along with injury prevention and injury care.”

Ascension Seton athletic trainers will provide guidance including preventing, recognizing and evaluating athletic injuries, in addition to emergency care or first aid for injured athletes. This agreement also allows for innovative virtual care for injured athletes. With parental approval, sports medicine trainers equipped with portable technology devices will be able to connect an injured player with an Ascension Seton clinician through real-time video conference.

The agreement “is a complete game changer for Lonestar Soccer Club and our more than 7,000 youth players throughout Central Texas,” said Allen Fincher, Executive Director of Business Operations, Lonestar Soccer Club. “Not only is there an incredible mission alignment and almost identical footprint of growth across the region for our respective organizations, but [this] will further enhance our ability to focus on training athletes, at all ages and levels of play, from a very holistic and health-centered approach.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children are treated in an emergency department every year for sports and recreation-related injuries.