SPORT-RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS
The student-athlete is responsible for reporting all injuries and illnesses to the Athletic Trainers as soon as possible. The Sports Medicine Staff will make all of the necessary medical referrals as indicated. In the event of an emergency due to an athletic injury or illness, the athlete will be transported to a pre-arranged hospital or medical facility. The athlete should at no time seek outside medical attention for an athletic-related injury or illness without prior written authorization from the Sports Medicine staff at Heartland Rehab, unless the injury results in a medical emergency. Failure to follow these procedures will result in the student-athlete being ineligible to play or practice with the team until all related medical records/documentation are received and reviewed by the Athletic Office, and will result in the student-athlete being financially responsible for resulting medical bills.
Referrals to Off-Campus Physicians or Medical Specialist
All student-athlete ‘off-campus’ medical referrals must have a prior written authorization from the Heartland Rehab Sports Medicine Staff, and the Trinity Baptist College Athletic Office. The appropriate referral forms must be completed by the Health Care Provider and returned to the Trainers at heartland Rehab for review before clearance for participation will be given. In case of a Managed Care Insurance policy (HMO/PPO), the student-athlete will also be required to follow his/her primary insurance policy’s specific referral procedures.
All medical tests, treatments and/or procedures rendered by Off-Campus Physicians or Medical Specialists, other than those approved and performed during the initial visit, must again have prior written approval by the Heartland Rehab Sports Medicine Staff, and the Trinity Baptist College Athletic Office. All surgical treatments by Non-Trinity Baptist College affiliated Physicians must have prior written approval by the Heartland Rehab Sports Medicine Staff, and the Trinity Baptist College Athletic Office.
Trinity Baptist College and the Athletic Department shall not be responsible for any charges incurred due to examination, tests, treatments, and/or surgeries by physicians, consultants, and/or hospitals if these procedures are not followed.
The Heartland Rehab facility is located at 8087 Normandy Blvd. Clinic hours are by appointment between 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday. TBC Athletes can be seen without appointment between 2pm and 4pm on Mondays and Thursdays. All Athletes are expected to adhere to the Clinic Rules, which are reviewed during orientation and are posted in the clinic. Treatment/rehabilitation will be available to all athletes, but those in-season will receive first priority. Failure of an injured athlete to keep treatment and/or rehabilitation appointments will be interpreted as the athlete’s unwillingness to cooperate with the Sports Medicine Staff for the earliest possible return to competition and may result in the student-athlete being ineligible to participate in any Trinity Baptist College athletic activity. The Head Coach will be informed if athletes fail to keep appointments.
Practice or Game Participation for an Injured or Ill Athlete:
Decisions about the availability of an athlete for practice or game competition shall be the sole responsibility of the members of the Trinity Baptist College Sports Medicine Staff. A student-athlete who is feeling too ill or injured to participate MUST contact the athletic training staff prior to that day’s practice.
NON-SPORT RELATED INJURY OR ILLNESS
Injuries or illnesses sustained outside of Trinity Baptist College Athletics must be reported to the Heartland Sports Medicine Staff at the student’s earliest convenience. If the student desires, the Sports Medicine Staff will make any of the necessary medical referrals as indicated. If the student chooses to be seen by someone other than Trinity Baptist College’s Sports Medicine staff, he/she must provide our office with written documentation regarding the condition prior to return to athletic activity. This may be done by obtaining a referral form from Heartland Rehab to be completed by the physician. The final decision as to whether a student-athlete may participate in any varsity sport activity rests with Trinity Baptist College’s Sports Medicine Staff.
Out of Season Injury
Trinity Baptist College shall NOT assume responsibility for care of injuries incurred when the student-athlete is not actively engaged in a formal, official game or practice during an NCCAA allowable season. In addition, injuries resulting from pre-existing conditions shall not be the responsibility of Trinity Baptist College. Questions in this area should be referred to the Director of Athletics.