|Athletic Training |
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 athlete or injury is too insignificant to receive our utmost attention.
Certified by the State of Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance.
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Training Association, Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), State of Florida, Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, (CSCS) National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Our commitment is to provide this 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-athlete 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.
ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM RULES:
Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in your removal from the athletic training room or may revoke athletic training privileges
- All athletes must sign-in prior to getting treatment. Before getting taped, rehab must be performed.
- All personal items must be placed on the table located by the door.
- No tobacco products, No food, 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.
- Athletes must shower before post-practice/post-game whirlpool or modality use, unless authorized by athletic trainer.
- Return all equipment, supplies, etc. to the appropriate place when done using.
- Clean up after yourselves (i.e. Put used towels in hamper, throw away trash).
- Nothing leaves the athletic training room unless approved by an athletic trainer.
- Athlete is responsible for all medical equipment issued to them. Equipment should be returned as soon as it no longer needs to be used.
- Loss or damage to equipment will be the financial responsibility of the athlete.
- Athletes may obtain ice and ice only, when athletic training room is closed.
- Equipment may not be used without prior approval, especially modalities.
- All athletes are required to have active primary medical insurance coverage that is approved by Florida National University.
- All athletes must have a current copy (front and back) of their medical insurance card on file with the athletic training department.
- All staff is to be treated in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner. Failure to do so will revoke athletic training room privileges.
- Only FNU student athletes and staff are permitted in the athletic training room.
- It is the athlete’s responsibility to get to practice/game on time. Plan accordingly. Limited staffing & facilities=wait time.
- If an injury/illness is not reported until practice time, athlete is expected to participate.
- If an athlete cannot make or will be late for an appointment, they must notify the respective athletic trainer immediately. Failure to, may result in refusal of treatment.
- Athletes are not allowed in the staff office or desk area without authorization from an athletic trainer.
- Athletes are not permitted to dictate their own treatment. All treatments are at the discretion of a staff athletic trainer.
- Florida National University and its athletic trainers WILL NOT PROVIDE any prescription or over the counter medications to any student-athletes or staff.
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. We will see and treat everyone but sometimes you may have to be patient as there are over 220 athletes. It is the athlete’s responsibility to get to practice/game on time. Plan accordingly. Limited staffing & facilities=wait time. There will be a sign-up sheet for rehab sessions.
Return to Play Policy
Detailed information regarding our concussion policy may be found under student-athletes handbook on FNU Athletic website. This policy states that a Florida National University approved team physician has the final authority regarding full clearance for student- athletes returning to play. All doctors will be chosen by the Athletic Trainers. 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.
In the event of an emergency you may be called upon to help retrieve equipment and/or help with the direction of EMS services (ambulance or fire truck).
- Spine board and straps are located behind the taping tables, against the wall, to the right when you walk into the athletic training room (ATR).
- Crutches are located behind file cabinet/ next to storage cabinet in the back-left corner.
- All athletes must have a physical done annually by an MD, DO, ARNP or PA. They are provided by Florida National University on specified dates but you are able to get one on your own. However, our paperwork must be used.
- A copy of your primary insurance card must be on file before you will be cleared to participate. If you choose to use the primary policy offered by Florida National University please bring a print out from the website confirming you are enrolled in the policy.
- If you have asthma and use an inhaler we will need an inhaler with your name on it in the ATR or in one of our sideline kits. If you have allergies and have an epi-pen, we will need one with your name on it in the ATR or in one of our sideline kits.
Athletic Accident Insurance
The Florida National University Athletic Department requires all student-athletes to be covered by valid primary insurance, from an American based company.
- International students will have to enrolled in a Student Health Insurance Plan, Florida National University will provide different options through its main carrier.
- No international or other insurance plans will be accepted for international students as their primary insurance coverage.
- The cost of this policy will be each student’s responsibility.
- Domestic students have the ability to waive this policy with qualified health plans at the beginning of the academic year.
- 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.
- Student-athletes without current primary coverage will not be allowed to participate until updated coverage can be proven.
- Florida National University will not be responsible for any expenses that result from lack of primary insurance.
- All bills must first be submitted to the student-athlete’s primary insurance for payment.
- The Florida National University athletic department carries an Athletic Insurance policy to assist in the payments of medical services for its student- athletes injured during athletic participation.
- Florida National University is not responsible for the payment of medical bills.
- Failure to follow the proper procedures for obtaining treatment and submitting bills may result in denial of the claim.
- Florida National University provides secondary athletic accident coverage for its student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics. This policy provides coverage for outstanding medical bills incurred as a direct result of an athletic accident after your primary insurance coverage has been exceeded.
- 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 Inter-Collegiate Sports event.
- All bills must first be submitted to the student-athlete’s primary insurance for payment. Remaining balances and deductibles will then be submitted to the secondary insurance.
- 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.
- The secondary insurance will only be applied after the student-athlete’s primary insurance has been paid.
- 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. Additionally, preexisting conditions and routine medical care (eye care, dental care or illness) are NOT covered.
- The benefit period for all eligible expenses is 1 year from original date of injury. Failure to provide 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 the University for processing with our secondary insurance carrier does not guarantee payment of the claim.
- Student-athlete is 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 Universities secondary insurance carrier. The 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.