The University of West Florida and The Andrews Institute announced Tuesday that they were expanding their relationship to give UWF athletes "additional access and resources" from the world-renowned orthopedic clinic in Gulf Breeze.

PENSACOLA – The University of West Florida’s athletic department continues to make big moves, on and off the field.


UWF and the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine announced an "expanded athletic training partnership that will allow UWF athletes additional access and resources," said the Andrews Institute in a press release on Tuesday.


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The Andrews Institute was already the official medical partner for UWF, providing the athletic department with team physicians. The new deal between the two now means Andrews will also be the "official sports medicine provider" for the university.


That new role includes athletics, athletic training, physical therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine.


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"We are excited to expand our great relationship with the University of West Florida," Dr. David Joyner, Andrews Institute executive director and senior vice president said in a press release. "What the University of West Florida stands for is truly astounding. We see this partnership as our world-class team taking care of another world-class team."


UWF athletes will have access to a full-time sports medicine physical therapist at Baptist Medical Park-Nine Mile in Pensacola.


"Two great organizations are joining to forge a transformative partnership that provides the highest quality care for our student-athletes," UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott said in the release. "We are grateful for Andrews Institute’s support and thrilled to have this world-class organization right in our own backyard."


The announcement comes off a big weekend for UWF athletics after its football team qualified for the NCAA Division II national championship game for the second time in just its fourth year of existence. The Argos will face Minnesota State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in McKinney, Texas.


The Andrews Institute also currently provides athletic trainers and team physicians to all 23 public high schools in a four-county area, as well as Chipola College, Pensacola Christian College and Pensacola Christian Academy.