SPORTS MEDICINE / ATHLETIC TRAINING
The training room facility is located in PEC 110. The training room is staffed by an NCSSM faculty member who is an NATA certified athletic trainer. The athletic trainer is assisted by undergraduate students in athletic training programs from neighboring universities and students from NCSSM athletic training classes. Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The athletic trainer works collaboratively with the NCSSM Health Clinic in obtaining, supplying and assessing information relative to student injuries and rehabilitation. In cases of serious injuries, the athletic trainer will page the on call physician from the NCSSM Clinic, relay the information of the injury to the on call doctor and adhere to the direction of the doctor for referral. In addition, the NCSSM athletic trainer maintains an affiliation with Duke Sports Medicine and other outside professionals for orthopedic injuries and other problems that require additional attention.
The training room (PEC 110) is typically open from 3:30 – 5:30pm Monday through Friday to treat varsity athletes, intramural athletes and students from physical activity classes. These hours will be adjusted when they conflict with home game coverage, staff meetings and for other meetings. Changes in operating hours will be posted on the door of PEC 110.
ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM PROCEDURES
Athletes and students are encouraged to make appointments between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30pm. Upon arrival they will sign in and fill out an injury report form. Individuals will be evaluated and a treatment plan will be formed. When warranted, medical supplies will be loaned to the athlete/student to assist with their treatment and recovery. Examples of typical loaned equipment are: crutches, ace wraps, etc. These pieces of equipment will be signed out to the student with the expectation of return at the end of the treatment period. Equipment that is not returned will result in the student and parent being notified and charged for the replacement cost. In the case of a serious injury, an athlete who is held from competition will not return to playing status until cleared by the physician and/or athletic trainer.REFERRALS AND CHARGESReferrals for sports medicine care outside the scope of a high school training room will be made by the NCSSM Clinic in consultation with the athletic trainer. The Clinic nurse will assist in making the referral. Parents or guardians will be informed that they will be responsible for any charges incurred for services not covered by Clinic contract. On occasion, a recommendation will be made that a student purchase a piece of equipment for their personal use to speed their recovery. Examples of this equipment are: ankle braces, shoe inserts, patella straps, etc.