OSU launches initially-of-its-sort Athletic Coaching – Sports Medicine ECHO

Thursday, Could 25, 2023

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Athletic trainers and sports medicine providers at schools across the state have a
new resource to contact on for professional guidance 

 In collaboration with the Oklahoma State University Human Efficiency and Nutrition
Study Institute (HPNRI), OSU Center for Well being Sciences launched an Athletic Coaching
– Sports Medicine Project ECHO line Wednesday.

“This new ECHO line, created in partnership with OSU’s Human Efficiency and Nutrition
Study Institute, will permit us to assistance well being providers caring for student-athletes
across the state,” mentioned Dr. Johnny Stephens, OSU-CHS president. “More than half of
the counties in Oklahoma have zero athletic trainers or sports medicine pros
to help in the well being and effectively-getting of our young athletes. 

“The purpose is to share information precise to treating student-athletes in order to
cut down injury and retain them active and healthier. We are grateful to the Tobacco Settlement
Endowment Trust (TSET) for delivering $four.five million in funding to OSU-CHS to expand
Project ECHO’s lines of care to assistance additional well being providers and physicians across
the state with the purpose of enhancing well being outcomes, especially in rural regions
of Oklahoma.”

Project ECHO provides access to specialty care for complicated well being situations, specifically in rural
and underserved communities exactly where specialists are fewer in quantity and additional complicated
to access. Project ECHO brings finest-practice well being care to individuals who commonly
wouldn’t obtain it simply because of exactly where they reside. Alternatively of moving persons, Project
ECHO makes use of a hub-and-spoke telementoring model to move information, so regional principal
care providers can access experience to offer higher-high-quality, specialized care to individuals
in their communities. 

The new ECHO line — the initially ever to concentrate on athletic instruction — will attain athletic
trainers and sports medicine providers at schools across the state to give them access
to a multidisciplinary group of athletic instruction, sports medicine, counseling and
nutrition authorities in a virtual mentoring and educational network via Project ECHO.

The Athletic Coaching – Sports Medicine ECHO will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the
second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Any one delivering care to student-athletes
is invited to participate in the new ECHO, which includes: athletic trainers, athletic
directors, coaches, nurses, nurse practitioners, doctor assistants, physical therapists,
rural physicians and college administrators. 

Participants will discover about the finest practices in the identification, reduction
and remedy of sports-associated injuries to retain student-athletes active, healthier
and expedite return to play. In addition, participants will discover about policy implementation
and management tactics to strengthen outcomes, sustainability and high-quality of life
across Oklahoma. Participants are encouraged to submit circumstances to the ECHO group of specialists
who will assessment the case and offer feedback, finest practices and educational sources
which can be implemented to strengthen care for student-athletes. Athletic trainers will
have the chance to earn continuing education credit, as effectively.

Rick and Gail Muncrief Executive Director Lance Walker leads HPNRI. A licensed physical
therapist and an internationally recognized professional in fusing sports functionality, sports
science and sports medicine, Walker has observed considerable shifts in the market more than
the final 30 years. 

Walker mentioned the new ECHO line — the initially of 3 new ECHO lines HPNRI plans to launch
— will offer the sort of sensible and investigation-supported options that will make
a distinction for athletic trainers, sports medicine pros and the persons they

“That’s what HPNRI is all about — assisting Oklahomans reside improved lives via a functionality
mindset. We do that by creating connections, delivering sources and operating as believed
leaders on the cutting edge of the market,” he mentioned. 

“Early in my profession, it felt like there have been instances I was on an island. Acquiring this
level of access to professional guidance from the academic neighborhood is a game changer for
athletic trainers, regardless of their practical experience level. This is not a uncomplicated profession.
Human well being is difficult, and athletics presents distinctive challenges. Project ECHO
is going to provide easy access to authorities, placing the newest, investigation driven
facts and techniques into the hands of these who require it regardless if they’re
in a metropolitan location or in a rural corner of the state.”

Discover additional, or sign up to register for future Project ECHO sessions by visiting https://okla.st/athletictrainingECHO.

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