Information for Athletes
Requirements for Athletes:
Preadmission Physical Examinations:
ALL intercollegiate athletes are required to have a physical examination PRIOR to the beginning of practice or tryouts. This ideally should be done by your primary physician or other health care provider at home as he or she knows you best and can help to provide critical guidance to you for your health. This is especially important if you have any chronic medical conditions.
Physicals must be completed within 6 months of the beginning of your sport tryouts or practice for all intercollegiate athletes. International student athletes must also have a physical within 6 months of admission. A copy of the physical must be provided to the Student Health Service prior to beginning of tryouts or practice.
When your health care provider performs your examination, please have them complete the Immunization and Health History Form and complete and sign the Physical Examination portion of the form. This form should then be MAILED to Student Health Service by July 1st for Fall semester admissions or by December 1st for Spring semester admissions. You will NOT be allowed to practice or tryout until this form is completed and delivered to Student Health Service.
ALL intercollegiate athletes must ALSO have a clearance physical performed at the Student Health Service prior to participation. This examination will be scheduled by the Athletic Training staff in coordination with the Student Health Service. You will be notified when to go for this by the Athletic Training staff.
Important! Sickle Cell Trait Testing:
As of January 2013, NCAA rules state that ALL Division III intercollegiate athletes must have a sickle cell trait test performed BEFORE beginning practice or tryouts for an intercollegiate sport team. Athletes may provide proof of a prior test, such as a newborn screen, from their primary care provider at the time of their birth or may have a test performed by their primary care provider before beginning sport activities. Proof of this test must be provided to the Student Health Service and the Athletic Training Department prior to any tryouts or practices. Per NCAA rules, athletes may decide to opt out of testing by signing a waiver declining the test. If you decide to opt out you must understand the implications and risks of not knowing your sickle cell trait status. The NCAA final rule on sickle cell testing is available on page 6 of this document.
All intercollegiate athletes are REQUIRED by the NCAA to carry health insurance that covers injuries up to $90,000. You must provide proof of coverage before you can begin practice or tryouts.
Other Information for Athletes:
MRSA is preventable by using basic hygiene. These principles are especially important for athletes. Do not share equipment, towels, razors, etc. with anyone else. Keep all wounds covered with appropriate bandages whenever practicing or playing. Visit the Athletic Training staff or the Student Health Service for assistance with any wounds or potentially infectious skin problems.