Andrews Institute Extends Sports Medicine Coverage to South Okaloosa, Walton Counties
GULF BREEZE, Fla. – Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine recently signed contracts with the Okaloosa and Walton county school districts to provide sports medicine coverage to Freeport, Paxton, South Walton and Walton High Schools in Walton County and to Choctawhatchee, Fort Walton Beach and Niceville High Schools in south Okaloosa County.
Andrews Institute now provides sports medicine coverage for all public high schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“We feel like it is our responsibility to the community to take care of our area student-athletes,” said Dr. David Joyner, Andrews Institute Executive Director and Senior Vice President. “By extending our sports medicine coverage, we feel like we are ensuring that more student-athletes will get access to quality care from Andrews Institute providers. We are excited about the partnership with the Okaloosa and Walton county school districts.”
As an official sports medicine provider, Andrews Institute provides certified athletic trainers and physicians to the high schools and will provide 24-hour on-call service, daily medical coverage and injury evaluations and management for all partner schools.
“Andrews Institute has contracted with Okaloosa County for more than two years providing athletic trainer services to the high schools in the north end of the district,” said Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent for Okaloosa County School District. “We have been very impressed with everything they do for those schools, especially the free Saturday morning clinic that is available for fall sports. Now that our services agreement covers the entire district, all of our athletes can, “Go where the pros go.”
Through the Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Outreach program, student-athletes at partner schools receive free annual sports physicals, concussion management, including preseason concussion baseline testing, in-game concussion evaluation and post-concussion treatment and rehabilitation, as well as direct access to Andrews Institute for physician appointments, diagnostic imaging, surgery and rehabilitation.
“The priority is the safety of all of our student-athletes,” said Russell Hughes, Superintendent for Walton County School District. “It is certainly an opportunity we are excited about to have the expertise and the collaboration with Andrews Institute to tend to the care of our student-athletes.”
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