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.
Unbiased Expertise
  • 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 & CEO

Dr. James Borchers is the President and CEO of the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health, as well as the Chief Medical Officer for the Big Ten Conference, physician and Director for the Division of Sports Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center and a Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the OSU College of Medicine. He previously spent 18 years as team physician for the Ohio State Athletics Department, including five as the head team physician and eight working with the football program. 

Dr. Borchers played football at Ohio State while earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, before going on to earn his MD from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and his Master of Public Health from Ohio State. He is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine and has been named one of the region’s top doctors, as well as one of the Best Doctors in America.

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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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Jeff Sopp

Chairman of the Board

As founder and CEO on Kensington Hill Partners, a business growth and board advisory firm, 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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Robert (Bob) Sweeney, MS, AT

Senior 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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Jennifer L. Novak, MS, AT

Vice President

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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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. 

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Chad Asplund, MD, MPH

Executive Director, USCAH

Dr. Chad Asplund is the executive director of USCAH, as well as a sports medicine physician and Professor of Family Medicine and Orthopedics at the Medical College of Georgia. Chad currently serves as the medical director for USA Basketball, and a team physician for USA Hockey, USA Triathlon and Georgia Southern University.

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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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Kevin M. Gorey

Senior Director

Kevin brings extensive experience from both commercial health care and sports medicine to the USCAH team. His three-decades long professional experience has produced high-level results for the organizations he has had the privilege to work with.  With Kevin’s interdisciplinary knowledge of both healthcare and athletics, he effectively and successfully serves USCAH’s valued partners. 

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Angie Beisner

Senior Director

Angie has focused her career on the care and prevention of athletic injuries within collegiate organizations and aims to bring her extensive knowledge to USCAH operations. Angie spends her days collaborating with USCAH’s valued partners as a reliable resource for innovative solutions, first-class resources, and collaboration. 

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Alex Wong

Senior Director

A valued member of the athletic healthcare community for over 20 years, Alex Wong brings extensive integrated sports medicine expertise to the USCAH team. A certified and licensed Athletic Trainer by trade, Alex operates as a content expert and collaborative partner to USCAH partner institutions.  

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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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Rae Everson, MS, AT, CES, PES

Senior Associate

Rae’s vast experience in athletics helps our team develop the latest, most beneficial content for USCAH partners. With over a decade of experience prioritizing healthcare and performance enhancement techniques for collegiate, professional, and Olympic caliber athletes and programs as an athletic trainer, Rae serves as a liaison to USCAH clients and partner organizations to deliver first-class products and services with excellent customer service. 

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Wil Turner III, MS, AT

Senior Associate

A certified athletic trainer for over two decades, Wil brings experience prioritizing and maintaining athlete safety within the collegiate level to the USCAH team. When he’s not further developing USCAH’s content library, best practices, and resources, Wil operates as a liaison to institutions offering his expertise as a collaborative partner to help guide each organization in prioritizing athlete health and safety. 

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Peter Smith


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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Kylie Randall


An experienced student-athlete, Kylie offers the USCAH team a unique lens with determination to continue to elevate the USCAH customer experience. Kylie offers knowledge as a former marketing and communications specialist applying her detail-oriented attributes to the internal operations at USCAH. 

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Madison Reid

Executive Administrative Assistant

Madison manages the internal and administrative operations of the USCAH office and serves as the executive assistant to the President and CEO. She joined the staff after working in athletics events and operations for the last five years. 

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