Jackson State University Sports Medicine Department
The Jackson State University Sports Medicine Department oversees the physical health of nearly 400 athletes in 18 intercollegiate athletic sports. The department provides therapy through sessions in ultrasound, massages, stretching, exercising, the whirlpool, or all of the above. The primary function of the staff is to ensure that JSU's athletes are getting the proper treatment, and that they are healthy enough to compete.
Sports medicine is a year-round department. The department is always active in the care of JSU's athletes. It is responsible for caring for the athletes after surgery, even during the summer months. Players come in and out all day. The department also is responsible for keeping the coaches abreast of the status of each player. The status of the injured player is very important to the game plan of each coach on staff, making it one of the most critical parts of the Athletic Department.
The training rooms are housed in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (AAC) on Prentiss Street on the JSU campus and the T.B. Ellis Gymnasium on Dalton Street.
Fred Robinson, the Director of Sports Medicine, is a graduate of Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and also has his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Jackson State University. He is the first trainer in Jackson State's history to be certified. He received his certification through the National Athletic Trainers Association, which governs the profession. Mr. Robinson also has experience at the professional football level, working with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks for five years.
Tiffany Hill, the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine, is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.