COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Athletics Conference (OAC) will partner with the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Heath (USCAH) to provide athletic healthcare advising, policy and procedure development, and educational services to the conference and its member institutions.
Ohio Athletic Conference Commissioner, Sarah Otey, commented, “I want to thank our OAC athletic trainers for their leadership and proactivity in seeking ways to continually improve the support we provide to our OAC student-athletes. Thanks to their initiative, this partnership with USCAH will expand our resources related to athletic medicine, health, and safety initiatives.”
“We are excited to partner with the Ohio Athletic Conference and are committed to enhancing the health, safety and well-being for all of their member institutions,” USCAH CEO and President, James Borchers, said.
The partnership will include USCAH’s collaboration with OAC leadership staff on conference-wide athletic medicine, health, and safety initiatives, especially as it relates to athletic health and safety policy and procedure planning, and implementation at member schools and at OAC sponsored events.
OAC member institutions will have opportunities to utilize Athletics Healthspace, a USCAH developed e-learning platform dedicated to critical and timely athlete health and safety topics for student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff. Education programs include Preventing and Preparing for Catastrophic Injuries in Sport, Mental Health, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sports.
The partnership also includes access to the membership platform, Athletics Healthcare Administrator Association (AHAA). Specifically designed to provide athletic healthcare administrators the ability to connect with a virtual community that offers peer and expert insights and discussions, real-time industry news and updates, webinars, as well as additional content focused on best practices in healthcare.
The Ohio Athletic Conference joins institutions and conferences ranging from all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and NJCAA. The partnership went into effect on July 1, 2022.
About the Ohio Athletic Conference
The Ohio Athletic Conference is a NCAA Division III member based in Westerville, Ohio. The OAC is comprised of 10 member institutions — Baldwin Wallace, Capital, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Marietta, Mount Union, Muskingum, Ohio Northern, Otterbein, and Wilmington.
About the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health
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. For more information, visit www.uscah.com.