Andrews Outreach program provides top-notch care to area athletes

As sports medicine continues to evolve, the Andrews Institute does as well in its effort to provide the best health care to student-athletes in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

“As things evolve in sports medicine and trends and technology changes, we hope to stay on the cutting edge of it,” said Jeremy Lowery, the sports medicine manager for the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze. “Dr. Andrews challenges us to do that. Our goal is to provide the best care possible to the community.”

For more than two decades the Andrews Sports Medicine Outreach Program has lived up to its expectations as it keeps student-athletes in the game through a variety of programs.

Providing trainers to the schools is one of them. That program began in 1998 in Escambia and expanded to Santa Rosa County schools in 2005. Athletic trainers were provided to Okaloosa County schools a few years ago.

“We want trainers available to athletes,” Lowery said. “It helps prevent injuries and if athletes do get hurt, we can help them get back on the field playing as soon as possible.”

Sports physicals play a big part in prevention and those are provided free to athletes once a year. They typically take place on a Saturday in June. Between 1,500 and 2,000 are conducted that day.

“We probably have about 6,500 student-athletes in the three-county area, so we are capturing about a third of the population,” Lowery said. “Our hope is to provide service to the kids that maybe don’t have the means to have a physical done. Those are the kids we target but they are open to everyone.”

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