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Bluegrass Orthopaedics & Asbury University
Announce Sports Medicine Agreement

May 23, 2024

LEXINGTON, KY - Bluegrass Orthopaedics (BGO), a premier provider of comprehensive orthopaedic services in Central Kentucky for over 25 years, has formed a partnership with Asbury University (AU) to provide medical coverage for its 16 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports teams.

Bluegrass Orthopaedics will provide Asbury Athletics with full-time athletic trainers, orthopaedic physician coverage, access to sub-specialists, and support to expand their sports medicine program. BGO's convenient locations throughout central Kentucky, along with its investments in technology and highly-trained medical professionals, will allow for further investment across the AU campus community.

Asbury University joins an expanding list of universities (2), high schools (6), athletic clubs, organizations, and multiple professional sporting events who utilize BGO's sports medicine services.

In addition, BGO has committed to assisting in the academic growth of AU students pursuing careers in sports medicine and related medical fields. Bluegrass Orthopaedics will create new experiential academic opportunities at its local clinics and offices, including but not limited to internships, job shadowing, and observation time.

"Our sports medicine outreach program has continued to grow, striving to provide top-notch healthcare coverage accessible directly on campus," Cory Brown, BGO Director of Sports Medicine, shared. "We are excited by the opportunity to serve the student-athletes and community of Asbury University and welcome them into our family. The team approach to our sports medicine program is vital for its success - we utilize not only our athletic trainers, but also our sub-specialty trained physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, and hand specialists."
"Our team could not be more excited about the partnership between Asbury University and our Sports Medicine Program at Bluegrass Orthopaedics," Dean Hanlon, BGO Senior Vice President said. "Our physicians, led by sports medicine specialist Dr. Owen McGonigle, collaborate closely with our athletic trainers to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. We look forward to partnering with Asbury University to help care for their student-athletes and the entire campus community."
"Asbury University is grateful to establish this new partnership with Bluegrass Orthopaedics," Mark Whitworth, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics & University Communications said. "The BGO team expressed a strong and comprehensive vision for providing sports medicine services for the 350 student-athletes at AU. This is an important step in the continued growth and development of TeamAU. We are also thankful for the impact this relationship will make on our students preparing to serve in a variety of medical fields."

The partnership between Bluegrass Orthopaedics and Asbury University will be effective in advance of the 2024-2025 academic season.


Bluegrass Orthopaedics is the largest independent orthopaedic clinic in Central Kentucky, with on-site diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of every orthopaedic condition. Essentially patients are offered four businesses under one roof - physician medical office, physical therapy, MRI services and outpatient surgery. All BGO physicians and physician assistants are professionally trained and are board eligible/certified. Additionally, BGO offers an orthopaedic walk-in urgent care, open Monday thru Saturday. BGO wants each patient to feel like they are the center focus. To do so, it combines a commitment of being the most affordable, high quality orthopaedic practice in the commonwealth. Ensuring its time-honored belief that at the core are the values, integrity, respect and compassion.

For more information, please visit or follow on Facebook @BluegrassOrthopaedics


Asbury University is a nationally ranked Christian liberal arts institution in Wilmore, KY, with 15 academic departments offering more than 130 undergraduate areas of study, along with graduate degrees and certification programs in business administration, media communication and education and an online bachelor's degree program. More than 22,000 living alumni surround the globe, leading and serving in all 50 states and at least 80 nations.

The intercollegiate athletics program consists of 16 men's and women's sports and cheerleading. Beginning in the 2024-25 academic year, AU will compete as a member of NCAA Division III, the Collegiate Conference of the South, and the National Christian College Athletic Association. |


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