At St. Luke's Hospital, the athletic trainer is an integral part of the sports medicine team. As a health professional, athletic trainers are highly-skilled who work under the direction of physicians on prevention, intervention and the treatment of emergency, acute and chronic injuries. We are also proud to work in the secondary school setting in the St. Louis area, providing athletic training services to St. Louis Priory School for over 20 years. Along with our skilled physical and occupational therapists, we provide unmatched coordinated medical care for student-athletes, keeping them safe and successful on the playing field.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Recognized by the American Medical Association, an athletic trainer is a primary care provider skilled in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injury. Athletic trainers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree, though many have completed masters-level training in human anatomy or biomechanics. All athletic trainers are regulated and licensed by the state of Missouri, ensuring athletes across the state are being cared for by a qualified health professional. As part of our sports medicine team, the athletic trainer provides coordination and communication among everyone who has a stake in the athlete's health - parents, coaches, physicians and teammates. Working side-by-side with all those who care for the athlete, the athletic trainer is the best prepared, most capable member of the team to organize, direct and provide for the daily care of the athlete.
Meet Our Athletic Trainer
- Sports injury prevention strategies, evaluation and rehabilitation (acute and chronic)
- Design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs
- Return-to-play guidance
- Sports-related concussion evaluation and management
- Nutrition guidance
- Referring athletes to appropriate physicians, specialists and resources
Derrick Neuner, MS, LAT, ATC
Derrick Neuner is the athletic trainer for St. Luke's Hospital and provides sports medicine care to student athletes at St. Louis Priory School. He is a graduate of St. Louis University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in athletic training. He is a member of the National Athletic Training Association
and Missouri Athletic Training Association
. He was drawn to the vocation of athletic training while in high school, serving as an athletic training student aide for two years.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 314-205-6185.