Lead athletics team physician passes away Saturday


Jason Davenport

Jason Davenport, the medical director and lead team physician for Central Michigan University Athletics passed away in his sleep Saturday.

Davenport was also an assistant professor who joined the College of Medicine in May 2014. 

While at CMU, Davenport worked on ties in health care between athletics and University Health Services, where he also saw patients. Davenport standardized electronic medical records in athletics so student-athletes' full records could be seen at UHS. He was also involved in building a relationship with MidMichigan Health, leading to the university hosting a sports medicine workshop in May for athletic trainers.

Before being hired at CMU, Davenport worked with both collegiate and professional athletic teams. He came from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he served as the team physician for Rockford University, Rock Valley College and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at University of Illinois at Rockford. He also worked as a sports medicine physician at Rockford Orthopedic Associates. 

He worked as a team physician for the Rockford Riverhawks, a minor league baseball team, team physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine for Ohio State University athletics and team physician at Michigan State University.

Visitation is schedule for 7-9 p.m. June 26 at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, located at 1200 W. Wheeler St. in Midland. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. June 27 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, located at 1114 N. 6th Ave. in Saginaw.


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