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Under the leadership of Athletics Director Ross Bjork, Ole Miss launched the unique and comprehensive Health and Sports Performance program in July 2012, which takes a holistic approach to providing optimal health care for the demands of elite student-athletes. Through a complete collaboration between all services provided in the Health and Sports Performance model, Ole Miss is ensured not only healthy student-athletes, but ones that can achieve peak performance. These services include strength and conditioning, athletic training, team physicians, physical therapy, massage therapy, sports psychologist and sports nutrition.
“Our team of Health and Sports Performance professionals strive to provide quality health and sports performance services based on the latest in health and strength training research,” said Shannon Singletary, Senior Associate A.D. for Health and Sports Performance. “By doing this we hope to not only provide our student-athletes with a better chance of winning on the field but also give them an opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Ole Miss Health and Sports Performance has strong working relationships with student health services, local physicians and Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, which is located just miles from the Oxford campus. The department also taps into its own University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for world-class treatment from multiple specialties including orthopedics, neurology and cardiology.
Ole Miss’ athletic trainers begin treatment and rehabilitation as early as 6 a.m. and are available until the last student-athlete is finished with practice or competition. There are currently six athletic training facilities on campus with the two main athletic training rooms located in the Starnes Athletic Training Center and the Indoor Practice Facility. In addition, there are four satellite athletic training rooms located in Tad Smith Coliseum, Basketball Practice Facility, Gillom Sports Center and Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
The main athletic training rooms are stocked with equipment such as digital x-ray systems, stationary bikes, laser therapy equipment, therapeutic modalities, underwater treadmills and Biodex testing equipment. Each component is strategically designed to not only give the student-athletes the best care but also aid in returning them to competition as quickly and safely as possible.