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OSU launches initial-of-its-sort Athletic Education – Sports Medicine ECHO


May 25, 2023

Thursday, May perhaps 25, 2023

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Athletic trainers and sports medicine providers at schools across the state have a
new resource to get in touch with on for specialist guidance 

 In collaboration with the Oklahoma State University Human Overall performance and Nutrition
Study Institute (HPNRI), OSU Center for Wellness Sciences launched an Athletic Education
– Sports Medicine Project ECHO line Wednesday.

“This new ECHO line, created in partnership with OSU’s Human Overall performance and Nutrition
Study Institute, will let us to assistance wellness providers caring for student-athletes
across the state,” mentioned Dr. Johnny Stephens, OSU-CHS president. “More than half of
the counties in Oklahoma have zero athletic trainers or sports medicine specialists
to help in the wellness and effectively-becoming of our young athletes. 

“The objective is to share know-how particular to treating student-athletes in order to
cut down injury and maintain them active and healthier. We are grateful to the Tobacco Settlement
Endowment Trust (TSET) for delivering $four.five million in funding to OSU-CHS to expand
Project ECHO’s lines of care to assistance far more wellness providers and physicians across
the state with the objective of enhancing wellness outcomes, especially in rural locations
of Oklahoma.”

Project ECHO provides access to specialty care for complicated wellness situations, particularly in rural
and underserved communities exactly where specialists are fewer in quantity and far more complicated
to access. Project ECHO brings most effective-practice wellness care to individuals who generally
wouldn’t acquire it for the reason that of exactly where they reside. Rather of moving folks, Project
ECHO utilizes a hub-and-spoke telementoring model to move know-how, so regional major
care providers can access experience to present higher-high quality, specialized care to individuals
in their communities. 

The new ECHO line — the initial ever to concentrate on athletic instruction — will attain athletic
trainers and sports medicine providers at schools across the state to give them access
to a multidisciplinary group of athletic instruction, sports medicine, counseling and
nutrition specialists in a virtual mentoring and educational network by way of Project ECHO.

The Athletic Education – Sports Medicine ECHO will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the
second and fourth Wednesday of each and every month. Any individual delivering care to student-athletes
is invited to participate in the new ECHO, which includes: athletic trainers, athletic
directors, coaches, nurses, nurse practitioners, doctor assistants, physical therapists,
rural physicians and college administrators. 

Participants will understand about the most effective practices in the identification, reduction
and therapy of sports-associated injuries to maintain student-athletes active, healthier
and expedite return to play. In addition, participants will understand about policy implementation
and management techniques to strengthen outcomes, sustainability and high quality of life
across Oklahoma. Participants are encouraged to submit situations to the ECHO group of specialists
who will assessment the case and present feedback, most effective practices and educational sources
which can be implemented to strengthen care for student-athletes. Athletic trainers will
have the chance to earn continuing education credit, as effectively.

Rick and Gail Muncrief Executive Director Lance Walker leads HPNRI. A licensed physical
therapist and an internationally recognized specialist in fusing sports functionality, sports
science and sports medicine, Walker has noticed important shifts in the market more than
the final 30 years. 

Walker mentioned the new ECHO line — the initial of 3 new ECHO lines HPNRI plans to launch
— will present the sort of sensible and analysis-supported options that will make
a distinction for athletic trainers, sports medicine specialists and the folks they

“That’s what HPNRI is all about — assisting Oklahomans reside greater lives by way of a functionality
mindset. We do that by generating connections, delivering sources and operating as believed
leaders on the cutting edge of the market,” he mentioned. 

“Early in my profession, it felt like there have been occasions I was on an island. Finding this
level of access to specialist guidance from the academic neighborhood is a game changer for
athletic trainers, regardless of their practical experience level. This is not a uncomplicated profession.
Human wellness is complex, and athletics presents exclusive challenges. Project ECHO
is going to provide easy access to specialists, placing the most up-to-date, analysis driven
information and facts and techniques into the hands of these who need to have it regardless if they’re
in a metropolitan region or in a rural corner of the state.”

Study far more, or sign up to register for future Project ECHO sessions by visiting https://okla.st/athletictrainingECHO.