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National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health Form Unique New Partnership

COLUMBUS, Ohio/INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2022) — The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) has entered into a partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). The partnership will explore, develop, and provide unparalleled levels of health, wellness, and safety education, resources, programming, and solutions for the nearly 13,000 athletic administrator members from 50 state athletic administrators associations, the District of Columbia, and internationally. This collaborative partnership will create and execute a first-of-its-kind platform that will position the NIAAA as the national leader in interscholastic athletics—ensuring health, wellness, and safety are prioritized for its members and member state associations.

These partnership services include access to:

  • Athletics Healthspace - A USCAH developed e-learning platform dedicated to critical and timely health, wellness, and safety topics for interscholastic athletic administrators and member state associations—available to each NIAAA member and member state association throughout the entirety of the partnership;
  • Prioritized support in key identified health wellness and safety programming and resources to improve the physical and mental health of interscholastic athletic administrators and school communities;
  • Independent, third-party collaboration with experts in athletic healthcare for best-in-class delivery of customized, current, and relevant consultation, education, and compliance resources.

 “The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health is proud to partner with the NIAAA to ensure health, wellness, and safety is a priority for its membership,” Dr. James R. Borchers, USCAH president and CEO, said. “We look forward to collaborating with the NIAAA to bring this model forward to establish the NIAAA as the national leader in providing resources, programming, and expertise to inspire and ensure the health and welfare for interscholastic athletic administrators across the nation and internationally is a priority.”

The partnership will begin immediately.

Launched in 2017, USCAH partners with universities, high schools, rec, club, and youth sports programs and organizations of all sizes to deliver athlete health and safety consultation, education, and compliance resources.

For nearly 45 years, the NIAAA has served those who lead education-based interscholastic athletic programs. The foundation of this service is the unwavering commitment to provide professional development programming and services to those who daily champion the value of education-based athletics. This collaborative partnership with USCAH enhances the existing NIAAA professional development programming and creates and executes the first-of-its-kind platform providing health, wellness, and safety education and programming that supports the mission of the NIAAA.

The NIAAA becomes the first national interscholastic organization in the nation to become a USCAH partner, joining a USCAH partner roster of Division I, II, III and junior college conferences and high school state leagues and associations.

“Continuing to enhance benefits for members along with the NIAAA’s commitment to the professional development of athletic administrators, we have developed a partnership with USCAH to assist in providing health, wellness, and safety education and resources for interscholastic directors of athletics. Today it is critical for those who serve our nation’s school athletic programs to be well trained and to have at their fingertips those tools that best serve their needs in assisting coaches and providing safe participation opportunities for student-athletes,” said NIAAA Executive Director Dr. Mike Blackburn. “USCAH provides comprehensive health education platforms, assessment options, and support from a wealth of health and safety experts. We are excited to partner in developing an even more effective and targeted health, safety, and wellness mechanism for interscholastic athletic administrators. “

 

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About the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA): The NIAAA is the professional organization for interscholastic athletic administrators that is accredited by Cognia. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the NIAAA’s mission is to provide professional development options for directors of athletics, and to enhance the athletic administration profession. Since 1977, the NIAAA has served those who lead education-based athletic programs in the nation’s schools. With a current individual membership approaching 13,000, the NIAAA consists of member state athletic administrator associations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as internationally. Including a 53-course Leadership Training curriculum, six levels of certification, and leadership opportunities, the NIAAA is the professional leader in assisting athletic administrators or individuals in roles that lead school-based sports programs. While also providing networking and exchange of ideas, the association focuses on evaluating best-practices, providing practical resources, and methods of recognition. The NIAAA champions the profession of athletic administration through education opportunities, advocating ethics, developing leaders, and fostering community. For more information, visit the NIAAA website at www.niaaa.org

 

About USCAH: The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health provides independent, third-party athlete health and safety consultation, education and compliance from a team of experts with nearly 300 years of experience in athletics healthcare and administration. Founded in 2017, USCAH is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of all athletes at all levels and dedicated to the mission of collaborating with every athletic organization to inspire and ensure athlete health and safety is a priority. For more information, visit uscah.com

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