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The health and welfare of scholar-athletes is the first priority. The primary service that the sports medicine unit provides is multi-faceted patient care in the intercollegiate setting. Every scholar-athlete at Dillard University is entitled to the best medical care available while participating as a Dillard University student athlete. The Athletic Training staff coordinates and delivers professional and comprehensive preventive treatment and rehabilitation services.The Athletic Training Program provides comprehensive medical care for athletically related illnesses and injuries, subject to NAIA and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics rules, and within the limitation of the Department of Athletics' insurance policies. The staff is composed of certified athletic trainers, primary team physicians and consulting physicians/specialists.
A Dillard University scholar-athlete being treated by a member of the Dillard University Athletic Training/Medical Staff has the right to:
A. Considerate and respectful treatment and care.
B. Complete and current information regarding their condition, treatment, rehabilitation and prognosis in terms and language they can understand.
C. Participate in the planning of their treatment and rehabilitation program.
D. Confidential treatment of the release of their personal and medical records.
E. Approve or refuse the release of their personal records and medical information.
F. Expect the athletic trainers and medical staff to make a reasonable response to their requests.
In order to achieve the objective of quality medical care, each athlete has a responsibility to:
A. Be honest and direct with the medical staff caring for them.
B. Report all injuries and illnesses within 24 hours.
C. Follow the treatment and rehabilitation plan prescribed. It is their responsibility to advise the medical staff if there is any problem or reason why they cannot follow the plan.
D. Report to the athletic training room daily for treatment until the medical staff clears them.
E. Report any change in condition to a staff athletic trainer.
F. Understand their health problem and treatment program.
If they do not understand any part of their program, they should ask a staff athletic trainer or physician.
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Costs generated by daily evaluations, treatments, and rehabilitation done in the athletic training room by certified athletic trainers or team physicians are not charged to the athlete. Additional expenses such as diagnostic studies (x-rays, MRI's), office visits, surgeries, and orthotic equipment will be billed to the primary insurance. The remaining balance will be sent in bill form to the athlete's permanent address. It is the responsibility of the athlete or the parents to submit the following to the athletic training room for bills generated by DU athletic related injuries:
• A bill statement from the provider showing a balance due after insurance payment.
• An ‘Explanation of Benefits' from the insurance company displaying the provider's charge and amount covered by insurance.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The DU Athletic Department is NOT responsible for:
* bills generated from services provided for injuries or illnesses originating from activities unrelated to DU intercollegiate athletic participation.
* bills incurred by a student-athlete who seeks outside medical attention without the knowledge and permission of the staff athletic trainer and team physician.
The Sports Medicine Department will refer student-athletes to a team physician after careful examination by the staff athletic trainer.
Scholar-athletes have the option of seeing a physician other than a member of the Ochsner Sports Medicine team. A staff certified athletic trainer and/or a primary team physician must authorize the medical visit. If a scholar-athlete chooses to go outside the Dillard University/Ochsner Foundation medical provider system without pre-authorization, they will assume full responsibility for medical costs. If the scholar-athlete, coach, or a team physician is concerned about an injury or illness that may require the consultation of a specialist, please follow the procedure below:
1. Inform the staff athletic trainer of your concern.
2. The staff athletic trainer will consult with a team physician for a referral to the appropriate provider.
3. The staff athletic trainer will arrange the necessary appointments.
4. The student athlete will be sent to appropriate physician with an authorization form that will be placed in the student-athlete's medical file.
5. The staff athletic trainer will secure the necessary referral documents, i.e. letter from physician, x-rays, MRI results, special testing results, operation notes.
1. All scholar-athletes must report their injuries or illness upon occurrence to the Staff Athletic Trainer covering the sport.
2. The Staff Athletic Trainer upon notification of the illness or injury will evaluate the student-athlete and initiate care. If necessary, the athlete will be referred to the team physician. The scholar-athlete's competitive status will be reported to the athlete's head coach.
3. The Athletic Training Staff will direct the initial treatment and make the appropriate referral if necessary. The staff athletic trainer will note on evaluation forms their impression of the scholar-athlete's injury.
Substance Abuse Policy on Post-Season Competition
Any NAIA student suspended for substance abuse by a national or international sports governing body, or body by any amateur sports governing body, shall not be allowed to participate in any NAIA-approved competition during the imposed period of suspension.