Sports Medicine Outreach

The Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Outreach department, supported by Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Baptist Health Care, provide certified athletic trainers and team physicians to all public high schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties, as well as Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola Christian Academy and Chipola College – and provide team physician coverage to the University of West Florida. Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers work with coaches, administrators and event planners at each school to establish emergency action plans, provide education and promote awareness of sports medicine education including heat illness and sports concussions, and place a great emphasis on continuing to grow relationships with area Emergency Medical Services to provide best practices and preparedness for collaborative care.

The department also supports local area youth sports organizations and community sports organizations and provides community education seminars and sports medicine coverage at area sporting events.

We also provide a free Student-Athlete Injury Clinic.

The physicians and certified athletic trainers that staff the Injury Clinic provide free injury assessments to athletes on a walk–in basis. Many of these athletes participated in a sporting event the evening before and either didn’t have medical attention on–site or awoke to grueling pain that needed urgent care.

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The Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Outreach department provides the following services at no cost to the area schools it serves:

  • Daily medical coverage, injury evaluations/management
  • 24–hour on–call service
  • Annual preparticipation physical exams
  • Concussion baseline testing, on-field concussion evaluation and rehabilitation
  • Injury assessments and recommendations for follow–up care
  • Fast-track emergency room care
  • Student-Athlete Injury Clinic during the fall for athletes
  • Implementation of emergency protocols
  • CPR/AED training
  • Education seminars

These services are provided to the parents, athletes and schools — insurance is never billed for the services the ATCs provide. Baptist Health Care and the Andrews Institute pay for all related expenses and fund the program through grants and charitable contributions.