Student-Athlete Information

Guidelines for All Student-Athletes:
    The Athletic Training Facility located at the Football Stadium Training Complex serves as the primary Sports Medicine Center for morning treatments and rehabilitation at Ball State University. The Sayers “Bud” Miller Athletic Training Facility provides a central location for afternoon communication as well as pre and post practice and event coverage. Satellite athletic training areas located in the west stands of the Stadium, Irving Gymnasium, and Ball Gymnasium are used seasonally and as directed for practice and event preparation.

Athletic Training Facility hours vary, and will be posted at each location, however, generally the hours are as follows:

Worthen Arena/Sayers "Bud" Miller Athletic Training Room
Mon - Fri: A.M. by Appointment and 1-6 p.m.
Sat. - Sun.: Event Coverage

Football Stadium Training Complex
Mon - Fri: 7:00-11:15 a.m.
P.M. - Football Only
Sat.-Sun.: Event and Practice Coverage

Athletic Physical Examinations:
    Every student-athlete at Ball State University must have a current physical examination to compete in intercollegiate athletics. The examination and subsequent clearance is completed by a member of the medical staff of the Ball State University Student Health Center.

    In the event of walk-on tryouts for intercollegiate athletic teams, the prospective student-athlete will need to provide proof of a physical examination within the past year, otherwise a physical examination will be required prior to said audition. A copy of the physical examination on the health form that all Ball State University students must have on file at the Amelia T. Wood Health Center will suffice. Once the decision is made to have someone become a member of a team, a BSU athletic physical examination must be performed and on file in the athletic training room. It is the responsibility of the prospective walk-on student-athlete to schedule his/her own physical examination through the Ball State University Student Health Center. Until the time that the walk-on student-athlete becomes part of the intercollegiate athletic program, we as the Ball State University Athletic Training Staff, assume no responsibility for the prospective student-athlete.

Injury and Illness Procedures:
1. Report all injuries/illness to the Athletic Training Staff immediately. Athletes must report, in person, to the athletic training room before proceeding to other medical support personnel. You must pick up a referral slip before going to see a physician.

2. Injured athletes should report before 9 AM each day, allowing the athletic training staff to accurately communicate the status of the athlete with the coaching staff. In addition, this time allows the athlete to consult with a physician, if necessary, before practice time.

3. If injured, the athlete is expected to be on time for morning treatments, and expected to follow the treatment regimen established by the athletic training staff. Athletes will not discontinue treatments arbitrary; the athletic trainer will communicate with the athlete when the treatment is to be changed, or discontinued. If an athlete fails to show up for a scheduled appointment, the athlete is expected to fully participate the following practice.

4. Athletes requiring consultation for illness or injury from the physicians at the Health Center, Central Indiana Sports Medicine, or Central Indiana Orthopedics need to have a referral form from the athletic training staff. The pink copy of the referral form should be returned to the athletic trainer as soon as possible.

5. Policy on emergency healthcare and after hours care of injuries and/or medical conditions. Any student-athlete in need of medical services for any injury, illness, medical condition, or emergency situation should make every reasonable effort to contact his or her respective certified/licensed athletic trainer for the most effective, expedient, and reasonable intervention. If unable to reach said athletic trainer, attempt any staff athletic trainer. If unsuccessful in this attempt as well, proceed directly to the Ball Memorial Hospital Emergency Room if appropriate and necessary. Make sure to contact the athletic training staff as soon as humanly possible regarding any such situation.

Medical Bills/Athletic Insurance:
1. Ball State University provides SECONDARY insurance for athletic injuries. Ball State will assume financial responsibility for medical services rendered provided (1) the injury was sustained in an official practice or contest; (2) the injury is not the result of a preexisting or limiting condition; (3) the athlete has reported the injury immediately and has followed appropriate procedures for obtaining treatment. All bills incurred as a result of medical consultation must first be submitted to the primary insurance carrier (parents’ or athletes’ insurance) before Ball State will pay on claim. Ball State will cover the student-athlete bills for athletic related injuries if the athlete does not have insurance; however it is strongly recommended that all student-athletes carry some type of health insurance. Ball State cannot pay for claims from illness, or a non-athletic related problem.

2. Medical consultations resulting in claims must be performed by the Ball State Athletic Training Staff in order for Ball State to provide secondary coverage. No outside referrals, consultations, or services will be covered by Ball State University.

3. Ball State will pay for prescription medication for athletic related injuries. Ball State cannot pay prescription services for illness and non-athletic related injury and students needing prescription medication or other medical tests can have these charges billed to their student bursar accounts.

4. Student-athletes needing long-term treatment or rehabilitation will be billed for physical therapy services. At no time will the student-athlete have to pay “out of pocket” expenses for physical therapy. Athletes are not charged for routine athletic training services, for basic injury treatment, or for short-term rehabilitation. Ball State University provides secondary coverage. No outside referrals, consultations, or services will be covered by Ball State University.

Additional Medical Services:
Dental Services
All dental injuries sustained as a result of participation in intercollegiate athletics (practice or contest) should be reported to the athletic training staff immediately. As per the athletic medical policy, Ball State will be responsible only for those injuries sustained as a direct result of said intercollegiate athletic activities. Ball State will not pay for routine dental care (i.e. cavities, lost fillings, wisdom tooth extraction), however referrals can be made through the athletic training staff. The individual student-athlete is responsible for any charges incurred as a result of routine dental care.

Vision Services
Ball State athletics does not furnish replacement of lost contact lenses, glasses, or prescription goggles. If a lens is lost, glasses or goggles are broken during intercollegiate practice or competition, arrangements can be made for replacement at no cost to the athlete. Lost lenses, or broken glasses/goggles should be reported immediately to the athletic training staff. It is recommended that athletes wearing contact lenses carry a spare pair. Arrangements can be made for spare lenses to be carried by the athletic training staff. Ball State athletics will not pay for routine eye care, however referrals can be made through the athletic training staff. The individual student-athlete is responsible for any charges incurred as a result of routine vision care.

Chiropractic Services
The athletic training staff and Ball State team physicians feel it is unwise to seek chiropractic care for athletic related injuries without proper referral. Student-athletes choosing to seek chiropractic care are responsible for arranging appointments and covering expenses.

Psychological Services
The Ball State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center is available for use by all students free of charge. The center is located in Lucina Hall, Room 320, and appointments can be made by calling 285-1736. These sessions are completely confidential.

Nutritional Counseling Services
The athletic training staff is available for counseling and referral for nutritional information and concerns. A wide variety of resources are available for student-athletes including, but not limited to: pamphlets, brochures, videotapes, and specialty referrals. Eating disorders are a major concern in intercollegiate athletics because of the adverse effects on the health and well being of student-athletes. Due to the health risks and the pressure on student-athletes to enhance their performance, Ball State University encourages student-athletes to seek counseling for eating disorders and other nutritional concerns. Student-athletes are encouraged to report nutritional conditions in confidence to a staff athletic trainer. Specialty referrals should be made through a staff athletic trainer and will remain strictly confidential.

Substance Abuse:
     Substance abuse is a major concern in intercollegiate athletics because of the adverse effects upon the safety and health of student-athletes, and upon the fairness and integrity of athletic competition. Because of these factors and the pressures on student-athletes to enhance their performance, Ball State University will not tolerate substance abuse by student-athletes. Through the use of its substance abuse policy, the Athletic Dept. seeks to eliminate the use of drugs by student athletes. The substance abuse policy will be presented and explained to each Ball State student-athlete, at which time the student-athlete will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the policy prior to signing a statement acknowledging awareness of the Athletic Dept.’s stance regarding substance abuse by student-athletes.

Nutritional Supplements:
     The Athletic Department of Ball State University believes and promotes the idea that student-athletes can meet the heavy demands of training and performance through proper conditioning, nutrition and rest. The idea that nutritional supplementation may enhance athletic performance is a popular notion and is widely marketed to the student-athlete.
     However, there exists little evidence that these products actually work. Furthermore, these products often contain substances banned by the NCAA, as many products contain items not listed on the label. Therefore, since you may not know what you are actually taking, you are putting both your health and your college eligibility at risk. Before you choose to take any nutritional supplements, please identify them to the Head Athletic Trainer who will contact the REC to provide you or recommend the most updated information. We do not endorse the use of any nutritional supplements.

Athletic Training Room Policies and Procedures:
- Athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and courteous manner to all athletic training room personnel and fellow student-athletes.

ATTIRE - The athletic training rooms are co-educational facilities. Student-athletes are expected to dress appropriately so no one is offended.

FOOD - In strict adherence to OSHA guidelines, food and drink, other than water, will be strictly prohibited in the athletic training facilities.

The Athletic Training Room is a medical facility which must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. It is to be utilized for medical business. It is not an area for socialization nor is it an extension of the locker room. It is expected that the student-athletes will treat the facility accordingly.

Statement of Confidentiality:
    The medical condition, referral, and treatment of all student-athletes are a matter of strict confidentiality. Student-athletes are expected to maintain the strictest of confidentiality regarding any pertinent medical information, whether the information pertains to his/herself or another student athlete.

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