Athletic Training
Mission Statement
The mission of the athletic training program is to provide quality health care for the student-athletes of Dillard University. The scope of the athletic training services encompass various domains which include injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling that will enable the athlete to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. The athletic training staff will work in conjunction with the team physicians and athletic administration to assure the student-athletes receive quality care throughout their career at DU.



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.


Dillard University Scholar-Athlete Rights

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.

G. Expect continuity of care.


Responsibilities of the Scholar-Athlete

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.

It is the mission of the Dillard University Department of Athletics to see that each participating athlete is afforded these rights.


Athletic Insurance


Dillard University Department of Athletics carries an excess insurance policy and the insurer is called a "secondary insurance provider". All student-athletes who participate in a sport within the Department of Athletics at Dillard University are required to be covered by a Health/Medical Insurance policy through their parent or guardian's policy, their own policy, or with the DU Student Health Insurance Plan. This information must be provided as part of the Medical Clearance requirement. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and their family to secure and maintain personal health insurance coverage. The Athletic Training Staff must be notified immediately of any changes in this information.

******Important: Please Read Carefully******

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.

*   bills incurred by a student-athlete who is uninsured at the time of injury or when the service is provided.


Physician Referrals

The Sports Medicine Department will refer student-athletes to a team physician after careful examination by the staff athletic trainer. 


Second Opinion

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.

6.  The staff athletic trainer will inform a team physician, student-athlete, and the sport's head coach of the results of the consultation.


Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses by Scholar-Athletes

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.