The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Training staff is to provide the best possible medical care for the student-athletes of Florida National University. Working with those in the medical community, our goal is to maximize our ability to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries while doing so in a professional, efficient, and service-orientated manner. No student-athlete or injury is too insignificant to receive our utmost attention.
Our commitment is to provide quality health care while educating the student-athlete on good health practices and injury maintenance. All athletic injuries are to be reported immediately to a coach and athletic trainer for evaluation and care. After an evaluation of the reported injury, the coach, athletic trainer, and student-athletes will work together in treating the injury through appropriate means. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to report back to the coach and athletic trainer if the injury becomes worse, persists, or if an outside physician is consulted.
The Athletic Training staff consists of National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATA) certified and Florida state-licensed practitioners (ATC / LAT) who work collectively with other disciplines for comprehensive health care. For additional information regarding FNU Athletic Training, please see the Student-Athlete Handbook, and/or speak to our Athletic Trainers. Contact information is listed on the FNU Athletics Staff Directory: https://www.fnu.edu/athletics/staff/
Athletic Training Room (ATR) Rules:
Please comply with the following rules at all times:
Only FNU student-athletes and staff are permitted in the athletic training room
No food in the training room, and drinks must have lids
No cell phones, headphones, and/or tablets during evaluations or rehab
Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times; no cleats
No profanity or other derogatory/abusive language. No loud or obnoxious behavior
Student-athletes must shower before post-practice/post-game whirlpool or modality use unless authorized by the athletic trainer
Clean up after yourselves (i.e. put used towels in the hamper, throw away trash, etc.)
Equipment may not be used without prior approval, especially modalities
Return all equipment and supplies to the appropriate place when done using
No equipment leaves the athletic training room unless approved by an athletic trainer
Student-athletes are responsible for all medical equipment issued to them
Equipment should be returned as soon as it is no longer needed; lost or damaged equipment will be the financial responsibility of the student-athlete
Athletic Physical and Athletic Insurance Requirements
The following is REQUIRED before athletic participation can begin:
All student-athletes must have a physical done annually by an M.D. or D.O., NO EXCEPTIONS (see the Physical forms at the top of this page)
All student-athletes are required to have active primary medical insurance coverage, from an American based company, that covers intercollegiate athletics
Student-athletes without current primary coverage will not be allowed to participate until updated coverage can be proven
All student-athletes must have a current copy (front and back) of their medical insurance card on file with the athletic training department
Insurance policies must be paid in full for the semester, or sports season duration, to ensure on-going coverage (i.e. not month-by-month coverage)
If at any time during the academic year, the student athlete’s coverage changes or lapses, it is the responsibility of the student-athlete to notify the athletic training staff and to renew immediately
For FNU Secondary Insurance Coverage information, see the bottom of this page.
Sport Coverage / Athlete Treatment
Sports that are in-season, especially post-season play, will get priority in regards to treatment times and athletic training room space. It is the athlete’s responsibility to get to practice/game on time. Plan accordingly. There will be a sign-up sheet for rehab sessions.
If an athlete cannot make or will be late for an appointment, they must notify the athletic trainer(s) immediately
Florida National University and its athletic trainers will not provide any prescription or over the counter medications
Return to Play Policy
A Florida National University approved team physician has the final authority regarding full clearance for student-athletes returning to play. The NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook is used by Florida National University and the NAIA as a guideline for medical recommendations to ensure a safe and competitive environment for athletic participation.
Athletic Accident Insurance (Secondary Insurance)
Florida National University carries a secondary athletic insurance / accident coverage for its student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics. This policy assists in the payments of outstanding medical bills for its student-athletes injured as a direct result of an athletic accident after their primary insurance coverage has been exceeded. Please understand the following pertaining to the secondary insurance plan:
Florida National University is not responsible for the payment of medical bills.
Florida National University is not be responsible for any expenses that result from a lack of primary insurance.
All bills must first be submitted to the student-athletes primary insurance for payment.
The secondary insurance will only be applied after the student-athlete’s primary insurance has been paid.
Remaining balances and deductibles will then be submitted to the secondary insurance.
Failure to follow the proper procedures for obtaining treatment and submitting bills may result in denial of the claim.
An athletic accident is defined as an unexpected sudden and definable event, which is the direct cause of bodily injury, independent of any illness, prior injury, or congenital predisposition. This event must occur during a Florida National University Intercollegiate Sports event.
Coverage is only extended for events and activities that are authorized, organized, or directly supervised by an official representative of Florida National University. This includes practices and games during both the traditional and non-traditional seasons.
Coverage is NOT provided for medical expenses resulting from illness, disease, or conditions unrelated to accidental injury while participating in intercollegiate activities at Florida National University. The policy DOES NOT cover general medical illnesses, or non-athletic related injuries or conditions.
The benefit period for all eligible expenses is 1 year from the original date of injury. Failure to provide the necessary information in a timely manner may result in non-payment of the claim. This provision seizes when the injury has been deemed healed, to the extent reasonably possible.
A claim submitted to Florida National University for processing with our secondary insurance carrier does not guarantee payment of the claim.
Student-athletes are responsible to make sure proper procedures required by their primary insurance plan are followed. Failure to do so can result in a denial of payment from the secondary insurance carrier.
Secondary Insurance Coverage has limits for various payments. Please speak to the Athletic Trainer(s) for specifics.
Florida National University is not responsible for out of network claims.
The Athletic Training Staff must submit the claim for your injury to the secondary insurance company. The insurance company will require additional information to process the payment. It is the responsibility of the athlete to submit all invoices and any other necessary paperwork for reimbursement. Please consult the Athletic Training staff for directions on how to submit invoices.