SMRI Press

Behind the Blue with UK's Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI)

By Laura Wright

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2018) – The Olympics celebrates all things sport, and medalists are widely considered the "ultimate athlete."  But the special operations forces of the U.S. military experience similar physical and mental challenges, with much more on the line.

The University of Kentucky's Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI)...

Military 'Mission' at Kroger Field Builds Community During Lexington's Week of Valor

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) — The stereotype that military veterans are war-haunted, depressed or even violent belies the quieter reality that millions of veterans thrive in civilian life.

"Veterans are generally dependable, committed, self-sufficient and able to perform successfully under stressful conditions. Sometimes it just takes a little community-building to dispel...

Operation Wildcat brought a military experience to Kroger Field

It was not a covert military campaign overseas, but a grueling military exercise testing physical athleticism, mental sharpness and team cooperation under the lights at Kroger Field on Tuesday night.

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Veterans, civilians compete in Operation Wildcat

The Lexington Fire Department co-sponsored a challenge called Operation Wildcat.

It was held Tuesday night from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Kroger Field.

Organizers say it is designed to build both community and camaraderie...

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Operation Wildcat, Military training and team building at Kroger Field

Roughly 120 veterans and civilians took part in military-style obstacle courses and team building exercises at Kroger Field Tuesday night, co-sponsored by national veteran's organization Team RWB and the UK College of Health Sciences' Sports Medicine Research Institute...

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Bluegrass Market Review | UK researchers tackle health, energy and agriculture for the win-win

The University of Kentucky recently opened its Sports Medicine Research Institute, spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense...

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Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement in Special Operations Forces – Nick Heebner, PhD – Kentucky University

Although several studies have been done on injury epidemiology in US military personnel, there is limited published data for injury prevention techniques or how to enhance resiliency in US Special Operations Forces.

Dr. Nick Heebner is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training and Associate Director for Research at the Sports Medicine Research Institute at Kentucky...

Sports Concussions: What About the Jockeys? University of Kentucky Researcher's Pilot Project Could Be the Answer

By Laura Wright and Allison Perry

It’s the fifth race on a beautiful, sunny day at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington and the jockeys are on their mounts up in the gates. The bell rings and the horses spring forward, looking for the perfect spot from which to make their charge. At the second turn, the No. 8 horse stumbles and recovers, but its jockey tumbles to the dirt. He...

"Operation Wildcat" Registration Open – Test Your Skills with Military Veterans

"Operation Wildcat" may sound like a police sting, but it's actually an opportunity for veterans and civilians to work together and solve a challenge that feels a lot like a military mission. Part Amazing Race, part CrossFit Games, part Outward Bound, Operation Wildcat's goal is to build community through activity.

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Inside the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute

By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis

Last month the University of Kentucky held a grand opening for the Sports Medicine Research Institute (...