Club Sports Athletic Training Mission Statement:
This mission of the club sports athletic training staff is to minimize risk associated with club sports. In accordance with the National Athletic Trainer's Association policies, the athletic trainer is responsible for creating and implementing emergency actions plans, providing injury evaluation, injury management, immediate and emergency care, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Athletic trainers remains current in knowledge and skills through annual educational workshops and professional conferences.
Scope of the Program
The Athletic Trainers at Sacred Heart University’s club sports program will provide care to its athletes when they are injured or ill during or as a direct result of participation in an official club sports event. Sacred Heart University athletic training staff are not responsible for the treatment of preexisting orthopedic conditions. The athletic trainer will treat in accordance with guidelines set by the NATA, BOC, OSHA, and HIPAA.
The athletic trainer will be available for game/practice based on the greatest need for coverage and potential risk for injury. Coverage may also be provided by other qualified medical personnel such as EMT’s or other licensed athletic trainers hired by Sacred Heart University to cover club sports events.
If an athlete requires rehabilitation for a club sports injury it may be provided by the athletic trainer during treatment hours. Rehabilitation is limited by the availability of the athletic trainer, the availability of the athletic training room, and the athletic trainer’s scope of practice. If the athletic trainer is unable to perform the rehabilitation program recommended by the head athletic trainer or prescribed by a physician, the athlete will be referred to a physical therapy clinic.
The athletic trainer is not responsible for evaluating or treating injuries sustained by a club sports athlete as a result of intramural athletics, unsanctioned club sports events, or other events occurring on or off campus but will make appropriate referrals
Registration and Required Paperwork
All athletes must register through the online portal for club sports participation. All medical paperwork and forms must be completed prior to participation in any club sports activity. All physicals must be completed on the form provided by the club sports department. Registration is to be completed once every academic year. Any additional required paperwork due to previous medical history or preexisting conditions may be requested at the discretion of the athletic training staff.
Secondary Insurance Policy
Concussion is a brain injury and is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces. Some signs and symptoms of concussion include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Blurry Vision
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Ringing in ears
- Memory loss
- Concentration difficulty
- Nausea and vomiting
Any athlete experiencing concussion signs or symptoms is to report to the athletic training staff as soon as possible. Any athlete experiencing concussion symptoms is to be removed from play immediately pending a full evaluation by athletic training staff and/or physician. Athletic training staff will closely monitor athletes and medical attention will be differentiated based on severity of concussion symptoms, length of time with concussion symptoms, and history of concussions. Baseline testing and post-injury testing will also be used for athletes who are at high risk of concussions. The athletic training staff works closely with university academic departments and the Academic Success Center to adjust classroom activity and accommodate athletes experiencing concussions. A full return to play progression must be completed with athletic training staff prior to return to competition.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
Sacred Heart University prohibits banned substances and is a dry campus. Athletes must not be under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol at practice, travel, or games. Athletes are not to have such substances with them at any time during a club sports sponsored event. Failure to adhere by these rules may result in removal from the club sports program.
Stephanie Watson, MS, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer, Club Sports
Zach Monette, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Club Sports
Joe Erdos, ATC, LAT
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Club Sports