Ole Miss Athletics Creates Health And Sports Performance Division

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Head Athletic Trainer Pat Jernigan
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Head Athletic Trainer Pat Jernigan
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

July 10, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. - In building upon a foundation to provide the very best student-athlete experience, Ole Miss Athletics has created the unit for Health and Sports Performance, which combines all of the necessary services for optimal health performance into one complete collaborative department.

In this unique and cutting edge approach, the Health and Sports Performance department includes strength and conditioning, athletic training, team physicians, physical therapy, massage therapy, sports psychology, counseling services and sports nutrition.

"Our student-athletes deserve the very best health and sports care, and through this innovative, holistic model, we are providing them with an innovative edge both in competition and in their development as men and women," said Athletics Director Ross Bjork. "I want to thank (Senior Associate A.D.) Shannon Singletary for his leadership in our Health and Sports Performance division, and all of the health care professionals that are part of this exciting partnership."

"Our team of Health and Sports Performance professionals strive to provide quality health and sports performance services based on the latest research in their respective discipline," Singletary said. "By creating this model, 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."

For orthopedic services, Ole Miss Health and Sports Performance will utilize Oxford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Orthopedics in Jackson, in addition to UMC's world-class treatment in neurology, cardiology and multiple other specialties. Athletics also 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.

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.

Heading athletic training for the football program is new addition Pat Jernigan, who spent more than a decade in the NFL as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' assistant athletic trainer. The Valdosta State graduate also spent time as an athletic trainer at Middle Tennessee and has earned Performance Enhancement Specialists (PES) certification.

"Pat Jernigan demonstrates a passion and excellence in athletic training which comes from 10 years of experience in providing health care and aiding sport performance at the highest level," Singletary said. "With praise from players such as Ole Miss great Michael Spurlock and NFL All-Pro Derrick Brooks, it was very clear he is what Ole Miss needs. Not to mention that he worked alongside both Tony Dungy and John Gruden.

"Ultimately, Pat proved to embody three characteristics we strive for here at Ole Miss: competency, accountability and integrity."

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.

From a nutrition standpoint, Ole Miss Athletics boasts the services of a certified sports dietitian to assist student-athletes in proper eating habits. In addition, plans are in place for the construction of a full service dining facility, which will specialize in performance sports nutrition and is set to open in the summer of 2013.

2/23/2014 - Health and Sports Performance

Hull, Jackson Share Olympic Skeleton Experience

Read More [+]

9/4/2013 - Health and Sports Performance

More Than Surgery And Rehabilitation

Read More [+]

06/13/2013 - Health and Sports Performance

Katie Breathitt Named Muscle Milk Athlete Of The Year

Read More [+]

05/31/2013 - Health and Sports Performance

SEC Announces Update On Concussions

Read More [+]

11/13/2012 - Health and Sports Performance

Jones Chairing SEC Working Group On Concussions

Read More [+]

11/13/2012 - Health and Sports Performance

Miller Joins Freeze's Support Staff

Read More [+]

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Freeze, Rebels Focused on Auburn Showdown

      Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Football

      Not only will Saturday's matchup between No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Ole Miss feature the first-ever meeting of top-10 team in Oxford, but it will feature half of the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 9

      Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 9 -LSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 20-26, 2014)

      Monday, October 27, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 20-26, 2014Football- Ole Miss took its first loss of the season with a 10-7 defeat to No. 23 LSU in Baton Rouge.- The Rebels held LSU to 10 points and created four turnovers (two... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 26

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. I was able to travel... read more

    • Rebels Fall Short in Death Valley

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Football

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ole Miss had its chances. The Ole Miss defense made seven points stand up for the better part of four quarters, forcing four turnovers and limiting LSU to just three points on its first three trips... read more

    • Three and Out: Ole Miss-LSU

      Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-LSU Pregame

      Friday, October 24, 2014 - Football

      Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more

    • Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Football

      Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more