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Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Dear Friends:

June 14, 2018 marked one year since the opening of the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI). Throughout this past year, we have embarked on our mission to conduct interdisciplinary research to optimize the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and performance.

Looking back on this past year, I am filled with a great sense of gratitude and pride. The tremendous support from our partners: the College of Health Sciences, UK HealthCare, UK Athletics, and the College of Medicine; the collaborative efforts of our faculty; and the warm welcome from the UK and Lexington communities have all contributed to making the inaugural year of SMRI a success. In addition, I am deeply proud of the accomplishments of the SMRI faculty, staff, and students. Through their dedication and hard work, they have played integral roles in forging our path and have helped establish SMRI’s role and impact at UK, in the Commonwealth, and beyond.

As we look forward to the next year, we are enthusiastic about all that is to come. Thank you for your support.
John Abt


Research over the past year included continuation with the Department of Defense, expansion of the Jockey/Equestrian initiative, and creation of new initiatives to address the physical, musculoskeletal, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of Veterans, Athletes, and Active Women. Specific research focused on:

Research and resource funding received during the past year included:


The SMRI was actively engaged in several outreach opportunities this past year. Outreach by the SMRI provides a venue by which we can contribute to improving the health and wellness of the citizens of the Commonwealth, exposing students to future opportunities as scholars, and immersive experiences to develop and expand research skills.


Performance and wellness services were established to improve the awareness of performance optimization, health improvements, and quality of life to the public of the Commonwealth. To find more information about these services visit:


The support by people committed to furthering the care of athletes, tactical athletes, and physically active individuals contributes greatly to the success of UK Sports Medicine Research Institute. Tax-deductible gifts help fund programs that propel new ideas from the laboratory and clinic onto the field and into the training room. Gifts to the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute Fund support:

  • Endowed Professorships
  • Research Fellowships
  • Graduate Research Assistantships
  • Student Travel to Professional Conferences
  • Research Project
  • Community Seminars
  • Equipment
  • Operations

You can give online at For more information about giving, please contact Loralyn Cecil at or 859-218-0563.