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UK plans new sports science institute

A long line wrapped almost entirely around the complex during UK Football Fan Day at Nutter Field House in Lexington Aug. 8, 2015.
A long line wrapped almost entirely around the complex during UK Football Fan Day at Nutter Field House in Lexington Aug. 8, 2015. Herald-Leader

Kentucky Athletics will be creating a new Sports Science Research Institute as a part of a $600,000 renovation of the current football practice facilities.

Those renovations to the Nutter Football Training Facility, which will be voted on by the University Board of Trustees on Tuesday, also will include an academic center, coaches offices and space for various other teams on campus.

The Sports Science Research Institute will be a “multidisciplinary scientific center focused on contemporary approaches to prevention and treatment of sports injuries and concussions, performance optimization, musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation, metabolism and nuero cognition, according to the agenda item.

The space will have a central assessment and testing space a physiology area, group work areas as well as a separate building entrance for the science institute.

When football moves over to its new, $45 million football practice facility adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium in July, work is expected to begin to repurpose the former training facility for other teams including track and field, golf and gymnastics.

Among the other renovations expected at the old football training facility include turning the existing football equipment room into a central equipment area for all teams on campus and an updating of the female locker room.

The existing men’s coaches’ locker room, weight room, nutrition room and auditorium room will receive “minor upgrades” as well, the proposal adds.

Also, graphics will be enhanced throughout the building to “reflect all UK Athletics sports programs.”

New facility gets $1 million pledge

The new football practice facility and fields, which is expected to be ready in July, also got a $1 million donation from Brett and Billie Jo Setzer of Nicholasville, pending board approval on Tuesday.

Brett Setzer, head of Brett Construction Company in Lexington, and his wife have been longtime donors to UK Athletics.

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