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Case Study

Athletic Trainers Step In during Maternity Leave

Riverdale Country School


Riverdale Country School is a pre-k through grade 12 private school located in the Bronx, New York. With campuses separating the upper and lower school, Riverdale is home to 1,260 students.

Riverdale has a flourishing athletics department exemplified by the more than 80% of the Middle and Upper school students participating in at least one sport during the school year. There are 60 varsity and junior varsity programs divided among boys and girls teams.

Riverdale competes in the Ivy Preparatory School League against notable standouts like Trinity, Horace Mann and Hackley School. Most recently, Riverdale celebrated an Ivy Preparatory League Championship in Boys’ Tennis.


The principle challenge facing Riverdale Country School was a lack of available athletic trainers during the middle of the school year when their Head Athletic Trainer took maternity leave. With a substantial athletics program, Riverdale needed to hire an athletic trainer for a short-term contract.

Access to healthcare is essential to avoid an increased risk of injury, absenteeism for treating new and existing injuries, and elevated healthcare costs for additional required services such as physical therapy.

Schools without an athletic trainer or without adequate access to care open themselves up to higher liability risks and could face significant financial penalties should a catastrophic or preventable event occur.


Over 20,000 athletic trainers make up the Go4 community, and regularly use the mobile app to search for available jobs.

Riverdale was in need of a short-term contracted athletic trainer who could fill in the gap on a daily basis until their full-time athletic trainer returned from leave. The network of active ATS who search for per diem and contract work allowed for an immediate replacement without a lapse in services.

Go4 Contract Services focuses on rapid placement of athletic trainers, while providing comprehensive applicant screening and interviews. Every athletic trainer on the Go4 platform has had their credentials verified prior to the start of the job, and carry their own professional liability insurance.

With over 25 years of athletic training experience on the internal Go4 team, the turnkey solution removed the burden and pitfalls of finding and hiring an AT during the middle of a busy school year.

Go4 Contract Services also fully manages the payroll processing and tax forms for the athletic trainer. The flexible payment system delivers a digital invoice bi-monthly to CUHSD which allows the school to pay via ACH similar to their food and IT vendors.

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