NCAA NOW REQUIRING SICKLE CELL TRAIT CONFIRMATION!
The NCAA is now requiring all member institutions to confirm each student athlete's sickle cell trait status (SCTS). First year (freshman and transfer) student athletes must provide documented proof of their SCTS prior to participating (this inlcudes practices, contests and conditioning) as of August 2013. ALL remaining returning student athletes will need to provide confirmation documentation starting August 2014. We are sending the requirements and procedures out to all student athletes to obtain this confirmation as soon as possible. This WILL impact your medical clearance status.
Student athletes who are positive for Sickle Cell Trait will be allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics; this does NOT prohibit the student athlete from participating. Knowing your SCTS will help the athletics department staff (Athletic Trainers, physicians and coaches) make adjustments to your training program, monitor your health during participation and provide proper care if you become ill. Educational material regarding SCT can be found through the links below, on our website and included with your Athletic Health Questionnaire for you to print and keep.
One of the following options must be chosen to meet the SCTS confirmation requirement:
1. Provide a copy of your newborn sickle cell test results. Contact your Hospital of birth and/or you pediatrician's office and request your SCTS results from birth. Most states, after March 6, 1990, require newborns to be tested for SCT.
2. Provide a copy of a recent Sickle Cell Solubility test indicating your SCTS. (This requires a written request from a physician, a blood draw from physicians office or lab and a lab test).
3. Sign a waiver declining options 1 and 2.
While the waiver is the quickest and easiest option it is not recommended. The best options for your health and safety is to confirm your SCTS.
NCAA CONCUSSION GUIDELINES:
With all the recent media attention regarding the negative impact of concussions on our student-athletes, the NCAA has adopted new guidelines that govern how sports medicine personnell are to manage concussions.
The goods news, for Bridgewater State University student-athletes, is that the new guidelines are NOT stricter than how the BSU Sports Medicine~Athletic Training staff have already been managing concusssions! In fact, we are proud to say that we are right on target!!
We have incorporated the Impact Concussion Assessment into our program. The Impact Assessment program allows us to have a baseline assessement for each athlete in contact and collision sports/positions at Bridgewater State and allows us to thoroughly assess post concussion symptoms. This adds another measure to determine when it is safe for you to return.
You will notice that there is an additional page attached to your Athletic Health Questionnaire. This is the required concussion educational mate rial for you to review and keep for your records.
If you have any questions regarding concussions (what a concussion is, what the signs and symptoms are of a concussion and what you should do if you suspect that you or one of your teammates has a concussion) simply ask one of your Sports Medicine~Athletic Training staff members.
NCAA Concussion Video: Concussions: Don't Hide It, Report It, Take Time to Recover
NCAA Medical Exceptions Policy and YOU!
The NCAA is implementing a stricter application of the existing Medical Exceptions policy which will require proof of current prescriptions for every medication an athlete is taking that is a banned substance, as well as, proof of proper diagnostic procedures(particularly for ADHD diagnosis and medications). For more information click the link for Medical Exceptions below, as well as, a link to the BSU Medical Exceptions Form that you should download and give to your treating physician/clinician to complete.
The Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Services Department goal is to provide the highest quality Athletic Health Care to meet the needs of the NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics program and its student-athletes. The Staff Certified Athletic Trainers work diligently to provide these optimum services to the participants. The primary goals being to prevent injuries and illnesses, to appropriately manage injuries and illnesses that inevitably do occur and to rehabilit ate and recondition the student-athlete to assure a safe, expedient and healthy return to participation in their respective sports.
The Staff Certified Athletic Trainers work under the supervision of the Team Physicians and in conjunction with Health Services to provide the highest quality medical care for the student-athletes. The Primary Orthopedic Team Physician is Dr. Scott Martin of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to the Sports Medicine services provided to the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, the Athletic Training Services Department works in conjunction with the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) to provide outstanding clinical education experiences for the ATEP students. Each semester several athletic training students are assigned to a Staff Certified Athletic Trainer who is also certified as an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI). The athletic training student is assured a high quality and valuable learning experience while at the same time assisting the staff Certified Athletic Trainers in providing that same level of quality athletic health care to the student-athletes.
Adrian Tinsley Athletic Training Facility
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: (508) 531-2044
Fax: (508) 531-1365
Kelly Athletic Training Facility
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: (508) 531-2859