The Sports Medicine Department embraces the mission of both the Athletic Department and the University. In addition, it is the mission of the Sports Medicine staff to offer the best care to each student-athlete.
Mabee Center Athletic Training Facility
Aerobics Center Athletic Training Facility
J.L. Johnson Athletic Training Facility
Athletic Training Staff
Director of Sports Medicine
Phone: 918-495-7952 or 918-495-6806
John Joslin has been at ORU since 2008, and serves as the Director of Sports Medicine.
Joslin came to ORU after spending the previous three years as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Joslin worked at EOOC for 23 years, where was responsible for patient education, outreach programs for local high schools and contract event coverage. He also assisted athletic training students during clinical rotations.
Joslin gained valuable experience as Head Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League from 1991-1992. He also served an internship with the NFL’s New England Patriots in 1986.
A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the former chairman of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association (1997-2005), Joslin is certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, as well as the NATA.
Joslin has a daugther, Mikayla, a stepson, Brandon, and a grandaughter, Cheyenne.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Phone: 918-495-7968 or 918-495-6806
Emily Calder joined the ORU Sports Medicine staff in August of 2013 after serving two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas. At KU, Calder worked with the swimming and diving programs, and assisted with the athletic training needs for women’s basketball, women’s tennis, football and the KU Relays track and field event.
While in Lawrence, Calder had the opportunity to work with the MLB All-Star Fantasy camp, the Youth Soccer President’s Cup and a number of KU summer camps. While working with the OrthoKansas Orthopedic Group, Calder covered other local high school events.
During the summer of 2012, Calder was the Gatorade Camp Manager at the University of Kansas, supervising 25 employees to cover football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer, tennis, swimming and volleyball camps.
Calder graduated Suma Cum Laude from Park University with a 3.97 GPA, while earning NAIA Academic All-American honors as the captain of the softball team. While a student, she worked with the Avila University football and men’s basketball programs, the Kansas City Community College men’s soccer and men’s basketball programs and various programs at Park Hill South HS. As a senior, she worked with rehabilitation services at Centerpointe Medical Center.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jacob Newby joined the ORU athletic training staff in the fall of 2013 after five years across town at the University of Tulsa where he worked with the men’s basketball and track & field programs. He will be the primary athletic trainer for the Golden Eagle's baseball program.
Prior to his time at TU, Newby served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UNLV, where he served as the head trainer of the baseball team. He also was the head athletic trainer at Impact Basketball (Las Vegas, Nev.), an athletic training intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, and a student athletic trainer at Kansas State University.
Newby earned bachelor's degrees in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from Kansas State University in 2005, and his master's degree in Kinesiology from UNLV in 2008.
Newby is a certified trainer with the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Brian Rios is in his first season with as a graduate assistant with the Oral Roberts University athletic training staff. Rios will serve as the primary athletic trainer for ORU’s volleyball and tennis programs.
Rios spent three seasons serving as a student athletic trainer at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. While at KU, Rios worked heavily with the Jayhawk volleyball and swim & dive teams. He assisted with all athletic training duties, including injury prevention and evaluation, sports medicine and rehabilitation. Rios also worked with the KU football team, assisting with practice and game preparation, including taping, treatment and rehabilitation.
Rios also led the athletic training efforts at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., during his undergraduate career. At Free State, Rios oversaw the athletic training efforts for the school’s basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and track & field squads.
Prior to enrolling at KU, Rios spent two seasons at Pratt Community College, where he was a vital part of the athletic training staff. At Pratt, Rios oversaw practices and games for a wide variety of sports, including volleyball, basketball, wrestling and rodeo. He also worked closely with visiting teams, assuring that their athletic training needs were met while on the Pratt campus.
Rios has worked a wide variety of events in his athletic training career, including the 6A Kansas State Baseball Tournament, the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship and the Kansas Relays track meet. He is a NATA student member and was selected to the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
A native of Lawrence, Rios received his B.S. in athletic training from KU. He resides in Tulsa.
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Britni Baxter is in her first year as a graduate assistant with the ORU sports medicine staff. Baxter’s main responsibilities include managing the athletic training efforts for the Golden Eagle women’s soccer and track & field teams.
Baxter comes to ORU from East Central University in Ada, where she serves as a student athletic trainer for three seasons. Baxter worked with a wide variety of teams while at ECU, including football, women’s soccer, volleyball and tennis. At ECU, Baxter created and led rehabilitation programs, supervised injury evaluations and was responsible for injury prevention and care. She also worked with visiting teams at ECU sporting events and assisted with ECU’s sports medicine record-keeping.
While at ECU, Baxter conducted observation periods at Performance Center and Valley View Regional Hospitals. At each location, she observed physical therapy sessions and orthopedic operations.
Baxter is First Aid Certified and is a member of NATA, MAATA and OATA. She was president of the Athletic Training Student Society in her senior year at ECU and was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Baxter is a native of Checotah, Okla., and she graduated from East Central in May of 2014 with a B.S. in athletic training. She resides in Tulsa.
Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center
Phone - 1-800-283-362