Kansas Team Health: Sports Medicine

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Kansas Athletics has launched a new model of student-athlete care believed to be the first of its kind among major collegiate athletics programs.

Kansas Athletics is collaborating with The University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health to launch Kansas Team Health, a new model of care that makes the resources of The University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health available to provide the best care possible for KU student-athletes, and clearly establishes the responsibility of care with medical professionals while minimizing potential conflicts of interest between coaches and sports medicine staff.

This new model transitions approximately 40 sports medicine staff – including physicians, athletic trainers, nutritionists, wellness coordinators and, most notably, strength and conditioning coaches – from Kansas Athletics to The University of Kansas Health System. As a result, staff members now fully report to medical professionals, rather than through a physician employed by the department and reporting to Kansas Athletics administrators. This is now a true medical oversight and healthcare compliance model.

The Kansas Team Health model is believed to be the first among major universities to incorporate strength and conditioning coaches.

“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority,” said Kansas Athletics Director Jeff Long. “Additionally, we want our medical staff to have access to the resources they need to provide KU student-athletes the best medical care possible. This partnership strengthens our ability to achieve our highest priorities.”

The new model is the result of purposeful efforts by the University of Kansas and Kansas Athletics to provide the highest level of care to student-athletes. This change positions Kansas as a national leader in addressing concerns and challenges across college athletics related to athletics department reporting structures and medical care.

Name Title Phone Email Address
Logan Wood, ATC, LAT

Athletic Training Intern (WROW)

Kristie Baumchen, LMSW

Student-Athlete Wellness Coordinator

864-4721 kbaumchen@ku.edu
Dawn Emerson, MS, ATC

Education Program Director

Brian Conway

Sports Medicine Administrator

Larry Magee, MD

Head Team Physician

864-7938 larmag@ku.edu
Polly Sheridan-Young, PA-C

Team Physician Assistant

864-7417 sheridan@ku.edu
Nicole Lowery, MS, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer (WBB)

864-3812 nicolelowery@ku.edu
John Zirkelbach, MHR, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer (WSOC)

864-7438 zirk@ku.edu
Natasha Hansen, MS, RD, LD

Director of Performance Nutrition

864-6610 natasha.hansen@ku.edu
Sandra White

Office Manager

864-7938 sdwhite@ku.edu
Neal Lintecum, MD


Stephen Pro, MD

Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

Jeffery Randall, MD

Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

Luis Salazar, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Practice

Doug Stull, MD

Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

Ann Wallace, MSE, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer (VB)

Ken Wainwright, MS, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer (BSB)

864-7486 kwain@ku.edu
Caroline Fruhling

Performance Nutrition Fellow

Bill Cowgill, MEd, ATC, LAT

Associate Director - Sports Medicine

Emily Calder

Certified Athletic Trainer (ROW)

Jacob Fouts

Certified Athletic Trainer (SB)

Taylor Shepherd

Certified Athletic Trainer (T&F)

Owen Stanley, MS, ATC, CSCS

Head Football Athletic Trainer

864-8246 owenstanley@ku.edu
Stacey Potter

Assistant Dietitian (FB)

864-3392 kansasfootball@ku.edu
Andrew Vereen, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer (FB)

Cole Vertz, MS, MBA, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer (FB)