COLUMBUS, Ohio and IRVINE, Calif. - The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) has partnered with The Big West to provide confidential and quick access to USCAH’s team of athlete health and safety experts via U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) Powered by RealResponse. Through an anonymous texting feature, Big West student-athletes, coaches, and staff can receive unbiased, independent answers to questions and concerns that they may have.

“As we work daily to improve the student-athlete experience in The Big West, health, safety and well-bring in all aspects are critically important components,” Commissioner Dan Butterly said. “Leveraging the world-class expertise of the U.S. Council for Athlete’s Health, The Big West will be able to provide all student-athletes, coaches and staff with independent resources and a standard of care that is second to none.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with The Big West to prioritize student-athlete health, safety, and well-being,” said James Borchers, CEO, and president of USCAH. “We look forward to Big West constituents being able to anonymously and confidentially receive information regarding resources, best practices and standards of care from athletic medicine experts.”

This platform will be a solution-based resource that:

  • Provides student-athletes with resources that will improve self-advocacy
  • Enhances communication through education on health and safety related topics
  • Addresses concerns regarding the health and safety of student-athletes
  • Helps to bridge the gap and support collaboration with on-site athletics healthcare personnel
  • Promotes trust by providing access to health and safety professionals not affiliated with Big West institutions
  • Provides coaches and staff with the best practices and standard of care in the world of athletics healthcare

This partnership and anonymous texting feature will be live for The Big West’s student-athletes, coaches, and staff starting November 14.

About The Big West
The Big West is an NCAA Division I member with 11 members with the shared goal of empowering every student-athlete in competition and in life and uniting its university communities through championship experiences. Formed in 1969, The Big West membership, consists of Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Hawai‘i, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara. The Big West is united in the pursuit of boundless opportunities, enduring integrity, bold activism, fearless innovation and the pacific spirit of freedom, exploration and progress.

The Big West sponsors 18 sports at the NCAA Division I level: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s beach volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field and women’s water polo, with men’s water polo set to become the 19th conference-sponsored sport in 2023-24.

For more information, visit or follow The Big West on Twitter @BigWestSports.

About the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health
The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health ( provides independent, third-party athlete health and safety consultation, education and compliance from a team of experts with nearly 300 years of experience in athletics healthcare and administration. Founded in 2017, USCAH is committed to the health, safety and welfare of all athletes at all levels and dedicated to the mission of collaborating with every athletic organization to inspire and ensure athlete health and safety is a priority. As your partners in protection, USCAH works with institutions to reduce risk and make sports safer for every athlete. For more information, visit or connect with USCAH on LinkedIn.