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USCAH and Minnesota State High School League Form Unique New Partnership

COLUMBUS, OHIO/MINNEAPOLIS (June 10, 2021) – The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health has entered into a multi-year partnership with the Minnesota State High School League to provide unparalleled levels of health, wellness, safety, and wellbeing education, resources, programming, and solutions for more than 500 MSHSL member schools and their students. This collaborative partnership will create and execute a first-of-its-kind platform that will position the MSHSL as a national leader in high school in ensuring health and welfare are prioritized for its member schools.

These services include access to:

  • Athletics Healthspace - A USCAH developed e-learning platform dedicated to critical and timely health, wellness, safety, and wellbeing topics for students, coaches, parents, officials, and administration—available to each member school throughout the entirety of the partnership; 
  • Prioritized support to improve the physical and mental health of students, coaches, officials, parents, and administration; and
  • Trusted, independent, external, and unbiased third-party collaboration—experts in their fields—for best-in-class delivery of customized, current, and relevant content, training, compliance, and certification.

“The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health is proud to partner with the MSHSL to ensure health, wellness, safety, and wellbeing is a priority for its constituents,” Dr. James R. Borchers, USCAH co-founder and president, said. “We look forward to collaborating with the MSHSL to bring this model forward to establish the MSHSL as the national high school leader in providing resources, programming, and expertise to inspire and ensure the health and welfare for all who participate in MSHSL sponsored programs is a priority.”

The MSHSL becomes the first state high school league/association in the nation to become a USCAH partner, joining a USCAH partner roster of Division I, II, and III and junior college conferences.

Participation in MSHSL activities and athletics provides the extraordinary opportunity to maximize potential. That potential can be realized through a collaboration with USCAH in a partnership that creates and executes the first-of-its-kind platform providing health, wellness, safety, and wellbeing education and programming that positions the MSHSL as a national leader in high school student-athlete welfare.

Launched in 2017, USCAH works with athletics organizations to provide third-party, objective assessments of athlete health and safety practices, recommend new protocols, and deliver health measures aimed at improving the health, safety and wellness of all.

 “In providing the educational athletic and fine arts programs for our schools, the health, safety and wellness of all who participate is of the utmost importance and has never been more critical than it is today,” Erich Martens, MSHSL Executive Director, said. “In working toward our goal of providing the safest opportunities for students, USCAH brings unparalleled and comprehensive health education platforms, assessment tools, and support from a wealth of health and safety experts. We are excited to partner in developing even more effective services and support for the health, safety, wellness and wellbeing of our students, coaches, officials and school communities of Minnesota. 

The partnership will begin immediately with programming launching in summer 2021.

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About USCAH: 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. 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 high school and intermediate and collegiate athletic organizations. The team is strategically comprised of experts positioned to address all aspects of athletic healthcare, including compliance, assessment, education, personnel, programming and more.

For more information, visit uscah.com


About the MSHSL: 
Founded in 1916, the Minnesota State High School League’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for high school students through athletic and fine arts programs. In addition, the MSHSL provides the very best leadership, support, and services to the students, coaches, officials, parents, and school communities for the more than 500 member schools they serve. The MSHSL sponsors 49 activities, athletics, and arts programs for more than 200,000 students, 20,000 coaches and 5500 officials who participate annually.

For more information, visit mshsl.org

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