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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health Form Unique New Partnership

New partnership provides accessible Athletic healthcare guidance, best practices, and education delivery resources to MIAA member institutions

June, 2020 -- The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) have announced a new partnership, making the MIAA the first conference to make this leap towards strategic, third-party educational support and attention to athletic healthcare and safety. The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health will offer all MIAA member institutions access to integrated education, survey management, and assessment that will allow institutions to optimize their student athlete healthcare delivery systems.

“I am excited about this opportunity to enhance the MIAA's proactive work in this important area. This partnership is an important part of the Association's new strategic plan to emphasize a sense of total wellness for all MIAA student-athletes  –  mental, physical, and personal." says Mike Racy, MIAA Commissioner.

The MIAA and USCAH partnership is dedicated to the promotion of prioritized athlete wellness through athletic healthcare and safety guidance, collaboration, and resources for MIAA stakeholders. USCAH’s offering to MIAA 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 MIAA 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 MIAA in a dedicated partnership focused on athletic wellness, healthcare, and safety initiatives," says James R Borchers, MD MPH, Co- Founder & President at USCAH. "We are honored that the MIAA is the first conference to partner with USCAH. This partnership allows MIAA 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." 

USCAH is available as a resource to MIAA member institutions immediately. Interested parties can contact info@usah.com for MIAA partner programming.   

About USCAH: 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.

About MIAA:The MIAA is a higher education Association, whose nationally acclaimed universities offer a balanced experience that challenges student-athletes academically, develops their athletic skills in high-level NCAA Division II competition, and enriches their personal and social well-being. The Association has 14 member-institutions located in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma; members have combined to win 45 team national championships and over 300 individual national championships.

 

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