#theGAC AND U.S. COUNCIL FOR ATHLETES’ HEALTH ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) and the Great American Conference (GAC) have announced a new partnership aimed to prioritize strategic, third-party educational support and attention to athletic healthcare and safety. Through this unique partnership USCAH will offer all GAC member institutions access to integrated education, survey management, and assessment that will allow institutions to optimize their student athlete healthcare delivery systems.
“We are eager to employ this partnership with the US Council for Athletes' Health,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “As we attempt to return to the fields of competition, it is imperative we have access to leaders in the medical community to allow us to make safe and reasoned decisions, for the protection of our student athletes, coaches, fans and administrators.”
The GAC and USCAH partnership is dedicated to the promotion of prioritized athlete wellness through athletic healthcare and safety guidance, collaboration, and resources for GAC stakeholders. USCAH’s offering to GAC member institutions includes access to a new, virtual athletics healthcare education and compliance platform developed by sports medicine experts, Athletics Healthspace. Athletics Healthspace was developed by USCAH and HB Innovations, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Husch Blackwell, as a new way to deliver healthcare education to athletes through assessments, training, and third-party support. The completion of USCAH-guided educational materials (including customized coursework and testing) allows GAC member institutions the ability to become USCAH Preferred, a designation identifying institutions who demonstrate their commitment to athlete healthcare and safety.
“The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health is excited to collaborate with the GAC in providing support through today's time-sensitive return to sport obstacles but also through ongoing guidance and expertise surrounding overall athletic wellness, healthcare, and safety initiatives," says James R Borchers, MD MPH, Co- Founder & President at USCAH. "The USCAH, GAC partnership will allow GAC institutions to work towards the USCAH Preferred designation; a certification designed to display the conference's dedication to athlete wellness not only to its member institutions but to all its stakeholders at large. Working towards this designation as a conference will set the conference up for continued success and commitment to athlete healthcare and safety."
About the Great American Conference
The Great American Conference became the 23rd NCAA Division II athletic conference in 2011 with nine charter members – Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, East Central University, Harding University, Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southern Arkansas University and Southwestern Oklahoma State. The GAC now features 12 members - with the additions of Southern Nazarene University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Baptist University - and sponsors 15 sports.
The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) was founded upon the apparent need within athletic institutions for trusted, independent partners with the experience and expertise to advise and consult with organizations regarding their healthcare delivery system. USCAH is committed to providing independent and unbiased medical expertise to organizations and individuals dedicated to the optimal health and safety for the athletes they serve. For more information, visit uscah.com.
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