Holy Cross Sports Medicine Student-Athlete Information

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Freshmen/Transfer Student-Athlete Information
Returning Student-Athlete Information
Try-Out Waiver Information
Who Decides When An Athlete May Participate
HIPAA Guidelines
Insurance Information
Concussion Information & Policy

Freshmen/Transfer Student-Athlete Information

All incoming student-athletes, freshmen and transfers, must complete a set of forms and pass a physical, completed by a Holy Cross Team Physician when they arrive on campus, prior to participating in athletics at the College. The student-athletes will be informed directly when the physicals will take place.

All required forms can be found on the Health Services website (http://offices.holycross.edu/healthservices/forms) under the heading "Important Information for Incoming Division 1 Varsity Athletes."

Returning Student-Athlete Information

The following forms must be completed by returning student-athletes. 

If you have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you must fill out the following form and obtain the appropriate medical documentation outlined in the form.

Try-Out Waiver Information

If you are planning to try-out for a varsity athletic team, the following must be met. 

ALL FORMS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST BE RETURNED TO SPORTS MEDICINE NO LATER THAN JULY 15TH

FORMS SHOULD BE MAILED TO:
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
SPORTS MEDICINE
1 COLLEGE ST.
WORCESTER, MA 01610

 

Who Decides When An Athlete May Participate

The sports medicine staff and only the sports medicine staff have the legal authority to determine the fitness of a student-athlete for participation in sports. Coaches, parents, players or administrators may not determine the fitness of the student-athlete. Physicians outside the College of the Holy Cross may also be subject to overrule by the Holy Cross Sports Medicine Department in conjunction with the team physicians and the Head Athletic Trainer and legal counsel if needed.

The Athletic Trainer assigned in conjunction with the team physicians will render a decision during games, practices or at any other time if needed. The Athletic Trainer is responsible and qualified to administer to the health and welfare of all student-athletes.

HIPAA Guidelines

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was put in place in 1996. The mail goal of HIPAA is to protect the confidentiality of medical information. As it applies to Holy Cross athletes, HIPAA includes privacy rules forbidding health care providers (i.e. your athletic trainer) from selling or otherwise providing your medical information to anyone who does not need it. Therefore, unless you as the athlete specifically authorize release for a certain purpose, only those with a legitimate need may receive details concerning your private medical information.

If you would like any further information on this topic you may visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/ on the World Wide Web or approach your athletic trainer with any questions you may have before choosing the sign the release form.

Insurance Information

The College of the Holy Cross provides a medical insurance program for its student-athletes. THIS POLICY, HOWEVER, IS SECONDARY TO, OR IN EXCESS OF, PERSONAL FAMILY MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE, and covers only injuries/illnesses/accidents resulting from the direct participation in the intercollegiate athletics program during the dates of the primary competitive season and designated off-seasons.

Please view the following document for further information regarding the student-athlete medical billing policy.

Concussion Information & Policy

Our protocol is focused on education, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, return to active participation and return to classroom activities, with the health and welfare of student-athletes being paramount. The Holy Cross policy is part of the Patriot League’s overall concussion management guidelines.

Holy Cross recognizes that concussions are serious injuries that require comprehensive management plans focused on education, identification and treatment. The Holy Cross concussion management policy seeks to protect and promote the health and safety of all student-athletes. As always, the Holy Cross sports medicine department continues to strive to educate its student-athletes, coaches and staff, and adapt to the most current guidelines set forth by the NCAA. For more in depth information, follow the links below.

Our policy is updated yearly in collaboration with our team physician. We strive to make sure that we are following the most up-to-date guidelines that reflect the ever evolving research surrounding concussions. Please check back for our updated policy for the 2015-2016 academic year.