- Associated Press - Thursday, June 15, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Sports Medicine Research Institute at the University of Kentucky has opened.

The institute is housed in a former football training facility and officials told WKYT-TV it will use cutting-edge technology to study performance optimization for athletes and act as a rehabilitation center for athletes and military personnel. The facility opened Wednesday and officials at the Lexington university say there isn’t a similar operation within 400 miles.

The institute was partially funded by a $4.2 million dollar grant from the Defense Department.

The school says in a statement that the institute will study strength, endurance, operational performance and injury risk for civilian and military athletes.

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