ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and its official medical provider, Mercy, have announced that Emily Costabile will become SLSG’s full-time athletic trainer.
“I am so excited to be working with SLSG and all of the athletes and staff at the club,” Costabile said. “Soccer has always been a large part of my life and I am thrilled to be able to continue to support that passion from the perspective of a health care professional.”
Emily is originally from the Washington, DC area. She played soccer as a youth player and was the president and captain of Saint Louis University’s Women’s Club Soccer team during her sophomore-senior years.
Emily graduated from SLU with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science (2014) and a Master’s degree in Athletic Training (2015). She completed athletic training clinical rotations with CBC High School, SLU, Washington University and the Philadelphia 76ers.
“We welcome Emily to the SLSG family,” SLSG Executive Director Patrick Barry said. “Having a full-time, dedicated athletic trainer is another example of how SLSG and Mercy are raising the bar in youth soccer. Both organizations are committed to providing the best possible experience for our club members.”
Through this partnership, Emily will conduct initial assessments of injuries that occur during practices or games for all SLSG athletes.
She will treat players with individualized rehab programs and will work to return the players to activity as quickly and safely as possible, with higher quality athletic potential than prior to injury. If an injury warrants a physician referral, Emily will put the athlete and his/her family in contact with the appropriate physician and assist them through the process.
Additionally, Emily will work with Nick Caruso, SLSG Director of Performance Training, and the Mercy staff to develop a preventative-screening program that identifies players who are at an increased risk of injury. They will then put together exercises specific to that athlete’s needs in an attempt to correct deficits and reduce the risk of injury.
Emily will be available five days a week during SLSG training and games at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.
“We are always searching for ways to improve the development of our soccer players,” Barry said. “Adding Emily and full-time athletic training services is a huge step in that process.”