U.S. Council for Athletes' Health
Athletics Healthspace



With over 200 years of experience in athletic healthcare, we know that the ever-increasing complexity, regulations, and demands on athletic organizations are great and growing.

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The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) was founded upon the need within athletic institutions for trusted, independent partners with the experience and expertise to advise and consult with organizations regarding their healthcare delivery system. That is why 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.

USCAH is comprised of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of medical experts with experience serving in high-level positions within intermediate and collegiate athletic organizations. The team was strategically comprised of experts positioned to address all aspects of athletic healthcare, including compliance, assessment, education, personnel, programming and more.

Since the beginning, the team at the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health has shared a common direction, a common belief—simply, as collaborators our passion and focus is committed to inspiring and ensuring athlete health and safety is a priority with every athletic organization.

Our mission is to collaborate with every athletic organization to inspire and ensure athlete health and safety is a priority

Our actions are always consistent with our values.

  • We inspire to aspire.
  • This is a passion, not a profession.
  • We live to serve.
  • We are driven by passion.
  • We listen then listen more and then advise.
  • We daily invest in people and organizations.
  • Our collaboration drives success.
  • We are grounded in action.
  • We are strategic in thought and action.
  • We honor your service and your products.
  • We provide extraordinary service.
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  • We embrace change and challenge the status quo.
  • Our knowledge is broad and unmatched.
  • Our innovations change lives.

At USCAH it is our single goal to serve athletes and sport organizations. To serve is who we are, how we are, what we are and, most importantly, why we exist. At USCAH:

Our vision is to be the leader in providing resources, programming, and solutions for athlete healthcare and safety

Without question, the very core of USCAH is our passion. Passion drives our culture, a culture of communication, integrity, respect, reliability, and an unwavering obsession to serve. Our team is committed to delivering unbiased expertise ensuring transformative growth in a dedicated, courageous, open and honest collaboration.

Meet Our Experts

photo: James R. Borchers, MD, MPH

James R. Borchers, MD, MPH
President & Co-Founder

Dr. Borchers holds over two decades of experience serving as an athletic healthcare and safety expert. Dr. Borchers has vast experience with healthcare models at all levels of athletics. The majority of Dr. Borchers professional experience lies in Sports Medicine and leadership, serving in a number of important clinical and leadership positions. Dr. Borchers applies his athletic healthcare knowledge as both an author and public speaker presenting to athletic organizations on a national scale.

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Christopher C. Kaeding, MD
Principal & Co-Founder

Serving the sports world for over 28 years as a Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Kaeding is known for his expertise providing and overseeing athletic healthcare in a number of high-profile settings. With experience operating within professional, collegiate and amateur organizations, Dr. Kaeding shares his knowledge with the sports medicine community as an author, national/international presenter, and through various professional societies leadership positions within the athletics healthcare community

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Robert (Bob) Sweeney, MS, AT
Vice President

Bob brings over 20 years of experience to the USCAH team. Serving as an athletic trainer and associate director for sports medicine over the years, Bob’s professional management experience working with high-level athletes and healthcare knowledge help guide and assist USCAH partners.

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Craig Perry, Ed. D
Vice President

Dr. Perry evaluates internal assessments, organizational culture, and compliance, helping USCAH partners drive results. Dr. Perry brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge from his diverse career within athletics programs and associations. 

photo: Thomas J. Caldwell, PT, DPT, AT, MHS

Thomas J. Caldwell, PT, DPT, AT, MHS
Vice President

A valued member of the athletic health community for over 30 years, Tom Caldwell brings extensive integrated sports medicine expertise to the USCAH team. Tom has focused his career on the care and prevention of athletic injuries within professional, collegiate and amateur organizations and aims to bring his extensive knowledge to USCAH operations. 

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Jennifer L. Novak, MS, AT
Senior Associate

Jennifer holds over a decade of athletic healthcare experience to USCAH with a background in athletic training and allied health management. She is able to apply her extensive education and athletics healthcare experience to her role with USCAH.

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Doug Aukerman, MD, MBA
Executive Director, Athletic Healthcare Administrators Association (AHAA)

Dr. Doug Aukerman joined the USCAH team with extensive knowledge and experience in sports medicine program management spanning the last 20 years. With an aptitude for instituting new procedures and methodologies into various sports medicine programs across the country, Doug’s goal continues to focus on ensuring every student-athlete receives the best athletic healthcare possible.

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Pete Hagan
Director, Business Manager

Pete’s 40+ years of business and finance experience come from operating within a variety of collegiate athletics programs. Drawing from his experience serving as both a Chief Financial Officer and Associate Athletic Director, Pete continues to serve in national collegiate associations and advisory committees providing guidance and industry expertise.

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Jeff Sopp
Manager, Board of Directors

Jeff brings extensive leadership and business expertise to USCAH to ensure the company's prosperity. A business executive spanning the last 20+ years Jeff brings business perspective and exceptional value to every strategic USCAH decision.

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Chad Asplund, MD, MPH
Senior Associate

Chad brings content expertise to the USCAH team as a medical professional and experienced healthcare provider. Dr. Asplund is a nationally recognized expert in athletic healthcare and has most recently served as the Past President of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

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Peter Smith
Senior Associate

Bringing almost two decades of experience as an athletic director within Division III institutions, Peter’s professional experience in strategic planning and goal setting across an array of collegiate athletics brings a wholesome view to USCAH’s operations.

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Kirsten Fry
Director of Marketing, Internal Operations & Communications

Kirsten brings over 10 years of business-to-business marketing experience to the USCAH team. Her communications background is used to share USCAH’s mission with the masses through media and digital platforms.

“To provide independent and unbiased medical expertise to organizations and individuals committed to the optimal health and safety for the athletes they serve.”