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:
- A completed physical signed by your physician. This is in additional form, and separate from the Student Health physical form.
- A copy of your personal health insurance card (front and back).
- Signed Policy on Insurance Coverage for Student Athletes Forms
- Completed personal and medical history information.
- 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 Returning 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 updated insurance guidelines on the website under the sports medicine link, as some things have changed. 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, and 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.
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 this documentation prior to being 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, 2013 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 ........................... Director of Sports Medicine, 203.582.8589
Jen Mead ........................... Associate Athletic Trainer, 203.582.3627
Brian Fairbrother ........................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.8941
Becky Mella ........................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.3723
Adam Pallone ........................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.3915
Cemi Abreu ........................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.3778
Lindsay Boots .......................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.6519
Cate Ellis .......................... Athletic Trainer, 203.582.6488
The Quinnipiac Sports Medicine Staff