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ProAdvocates Outreach Foundation

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Providing free medical advocacy for post-career competitive athletes who are financially qualified. Core Ideas Recognizing that athletes give their all to the sport and the cost is paid later in life; Understanding that medical problems for post-career athletes are different than their peers due to a lifetime of physical demands and traumas; and Accepting that financial resources are different for each person. Many post-career athletes experience hardship, medically and financially, when they leave the sport. The departure marks an end to this part of their career as well as to effortless access to top level medical care. Often the care was arranged for them by the athletic trainer and team physician while they were an elite athlete. Now the athlete has to negotiate a complex medical world for health needs that are not typical for most patients. The cumulative effect of injuries and repetitive use can result in complicated medical problems and the need for expert care. Many athletes have not dealt with the medical insurance plans, restrictions on access, or identification of providers which they now have to utilize to get the health care they need. They may have insurance and not be able to utilize it, they may not have the money for the co-pays or deductibles, and they might simply feel overwhelmed. ProAdvocates Outreach Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, was created to help post-career competitive athletes get the right care at the right time. The Foundation connects the athlete to an experienced athletic trainer who understands their sport and their medical records. The athletic trainer is an advocate for the athlete -- they help get the services needed by arranging referrals and appointments, explaining options, and creating the record for future care -- all the while working within the limits of their insurance. We also provide limited financial support for assistance with co-pays and related medical expenses.



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