2014 New Athlete Information

Summer 2014,

Dear Student-Athletes and Parents/Legal Guardians:

While participating in athletics at Quinnipiac, the Sports Medicine Staff will take the lead role in your medical coverage.  Our eight, full-time Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) specialize in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  In addition to our full time staff members we also utilize Graduate Assistant Certified Athletic Trainers (GA’s).  

The Sports Medicine Staff works closely with a multitude of Physician specialty groups including:  Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Trauma, Plastic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Dentistry, etc.  Our close contact with these specialty groups assures the most efficient medical coverage available.  There are several pieces of information that we need prior to arrival before you will be allowed to participate in athletics at Quinnipiac. These items are as follows:  

  1. A completed physical signed by your physician.  This is in additional form, and separate from the Student Health physical form.
  2. A copy of your personal health insurance card (front and back).
  3. Signed Policy on Insurance Coverage for Student Athletes Forms
  4. Completed personal and medical history information.
  5. Proof of Sickle Cell Trait testing
  6. Completed ADHD Documentation, if necessary.

 ALL 5 OF THE ABOVE ITEMS MUST BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION.

Please complete the forms in their entirety including signing each document.   A parent/legal guardian signature is required if the student-athlete is under the age of 18.  Please be advised that there is a separate physical form for athletes that must be filled out by a physician.  Student-athletes must have a new physical exam every year.  Due to the fact that physicals expire one year from the date of the exam, it is strongly recommended that the physical exam be completed during the summer in order to avoid becoming ineligible during the academic year.  If you have an appointment for your physical after July 31, please bring the signed physical with you when you report with your team. You may send the other forms without the physcial as soon as they are completed.

Download New Student Athlete Packet

We also suggest that you check with your primary insurance carrier about the specifics of their coverage while at Quinnipiac.  Please read the complete insurance guidelines on the website under the sports medicine link.  While you may be told your child is covered in Connecticut, many plans have limitations on out of network coverage including physician office visits, bloodwork, diagnostic testing, injuries sustained during intercollegiate athletics, and orthopedic services.  Of particular interest would be coverage for sickness, and the ability to have elective surgery while on campus for an athletic injury.  Some surgeries, while essential for participation in sport, are not considered necessary for daily life and may not be covered.  This may inhibit the ability to provide care in a timely fashion should your child be seriously injured.  If you are injured while participating in official team activities, the university will only cover actual expenses related to the claim and will not reimburse for initial individual plan deductibles If your insurance carrier has limitations on coverage in Connecticut, you should speak with your carrier about options or consider purchasing the university student health insurance plan as a supplemental plan.

The NCAA has also mandated Sickle-Cell Testing for all incoming athletes new to Quinnipiac.  Please go to the Sickle Cell link on the Sports Medicine Page for important information concerning this testing.  Testing is required in all 50 states in the United States, and you must provide a copy of the test results.  You should be able to obtain a copy of these records from your child’s physician.  If your child’s physician does not have these records, they can be obtained at the hospital of birth. Please check under the Sickle-Cell tab for information about the risks and the waiver.

One last medical area that you may need to address, concerns Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   NCAA legislation has adopted stricter enforcement of its medical exceptions policy.  This policy is used for athletes who use various medications to treat various illnesses, conditions and/or disorders that would otherwise fall under the banned substances categories outlined by the NCAA.  Specifically, the NCAA will be enforcing stricter guidelines regarding exceptions made for athletes who utilize medications often used in the treatment of ADD and ADHD.  If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD please go to the ADD/ADHD tab on the Sports Medicine page.  You will find information and details of the documentation you and your physician will need to provide.  We must have all documentation prior to being initially cleared to participate, as the student-athlete may be randomly drug tested at any time by the NCAA once placed on an active team roster. This document must be completed annually by your physician.

If you have had any surgeries in the last year, you will need to provide us with copies of all medical records, including op notes and clearance by your physician.  These records will be reviewed by our team physician to determine your playing status.  Clearance by your physician does not automatically clear you for participation as a Quinnipiac student athlete.

Forms must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2014  for athletes who will be participating in a Fall Sport (Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Rugby and Field Hockey)and can be mailed to:

Athletic Training, GM-ATH, Quinnipiac Athletic Dept.; 275 Mount Carmel Ave; Hamden CT 06518

Forms must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2014for athletes who will be participating in a Spring or Winter Sport (Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Golf, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Hockey, Women's Hockey and Acrobatics & Tumbling) and can be mailed to:

Athletic Training, GM-ATH, Quinnipiac Athletic Dept.; 275 Mount Carmel Ave; Hamden CT 06518

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES UNTIL THESE FORMS HAVE BEEN RETURNED IN FULL AND SIGNED!

Thank you for your attention to this matter, we look forward to seeing you in the fall.  Please feel free to contact any of the staff with questions you may have.    

Ernie Hallbach Associate Athletic Director/Athletic Training (203) 582-8589 ernest.hallbach@quinnipiac.edu
Jennifer Mead Associate Athletic Trainer (203) 582-3627 jennifer.mead@quinnipiac.edu
Catherine Ellis Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-8231 catherine.ellis@quinnipiac.edu
Adam Pallone Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-8408 adam.pallone@quinnipiac.edu
Lindsay Boots Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-6519 lindsay.boots@quinnipiac.edu
Becky Mella Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-3723 rebecca.mella@quinnipiac.edu
Sara Kinsel Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-3778 sara.kinsel@quinnipiac.edu
Sara MacDonough-Civitello Assistant Athletic Trainer 203-582-8941 Sara.MacDonough-Civitello@quinnipiac.edu
Megan Brunelle Assistant Athletic Trainer (203) 582-3717 megan.brunelle@quinnipiac.edu


Sincerely,

The Quinnipiac Sports Medicine Staff