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Florida Campus Sports Council partners with USTA

From left to right, students Josh Keene, Tom Nixon and Nicole Bailey, with Dr. Heather Cline, Sports Council advisor, during an event at USTA headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla.
students and Dr. Heather Cline in front of USTA event backdrop

The Sports Council on the Florida Campus is off to a flying start under the leadership of Heather Cline, D.C., West ’06, who previously worked with the West Campus Sports Council. Through a partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Sports Council members have the opportunity to practice on-field assessment, including first aid and CPR, as well as off-the-field care of athletes through stretching, soft tissue techniques and chiropractic adjusting.

The mission of the USTA is to promote and develop tennis in the state of Florida. Established in 1949, the USTA is the governing body of amateur tennis in Florida. The not-forprofit group is comprised of more than 1,000 member organizations throughout the state, with almost 50,000 members. In the same vein, the Sports Council’s goal is to provide exceptional chiropractic education for the care and treatment of athletes by offering complimentary sports chiropractic, injury assessment and emergency care to athletes throughout the state of Florida.

“USTA Florida is committed to the growth and development of tennis as an enjoyable, lifetime sport that contributes to good health,” said Trina Singian, USTA. “Further, we are committed to building a pathway of opportunities to enable players to enjoy the sport of a lifetime. Our partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic allows us to provide a resource and service to our members that enhances their ability to enjoy tennis through the care provided by the staff at Palmer College.”

Dr. Cline added, “Our policy is to present all students with cutting edge information regarding the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries, and the knowledge and training for student members to carry into their future as chiropractors. Our partnership with the USTA allows us to offer additional hands-on experience at off-campus athletic events where students work with seasoned practitioners in the care of these athletes.”

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