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					                               ATHLETIC TEAM OPERATIONS

POLICY:

The Athletic Training Staff will provide medical coverage to all sports sanctioned by the
University Athletic Department for intercollegiate competition; provide limited coverage to Club
Sports; provide emergency medical first aid to Physical Education injuries and no medical
coverage to intramural sports.

It is recommended that the University Intramural Department be responsible for providing
adequate medical coverage for all intramural activities.

   I.      Intercollegiate Sports:

           Upon the appointment of the Head Athletic trainer of a student trainer, graduate
           student trainer, or ATC, complete medical coverage and all the duties spelled out here
           and forthcoming will be followed to the competence of the attending trainer.

           In any cases not covered in this entire document, it will be the responsibility of the
           trainer assigned to that sport to notify the Head Trainer and/or Team Physician
           immediately following any emergency first aid procedures needed for the safety of
           the athlete.

           A. Softball
                 a. Physical Exams
                         i. Obtain a complete roster of candidates from coach on the first day
                            of classes (for all athletes not previously tested).
                                1. Set up physical appointments for all except walk-ons.
                                2. Inform players at 1st meeting of physical procedures.
                                3. Get class schedule cards completed at 1st meeting.
                 b. Official Practices
                         i. September to October – outside
                        ii. October to February – weight training
                       iii. February to June – regular season
                       iv. Work with strength Coach
                 c. Pre-Game
                         i. Open training room 1 hour before team reports to the field.
                        ii. Home game
                                1. Ice, towels for visitors
                                2. Meet coaches, trainers, umpires before game.
                                3. Check phone (in case of emergencies)
                                4. Give post game treatments
                       iii. Away game
                                1. Contact host trainer for needs in advance if possible (via
                                    phone)
                                        a. Set up treatments if necessary
                     2. Give post-game treatments
             iv. Keep good up-to-date records of injuries, treatments, and
                 reconditioning
                     1. Make out year-end summary report of all injuries
              v. If an assistant is assigned, the assistant should be given some
                 responsibilities to prepare them for a head position.

B. Basketball
      a. Physical Exam
                i. Set up times early in September
               ii. Walk-ons pay for own. Notify in summer and send physical
                   questionnaires
      b. Before report date
                i. Clean training room
               ii. Report any needed repairs, breakages, etc.
             iii. Stock training room with new supplies (Ex: wraps, etc.)
                       1. Year supply should be stocked because of other sports.
                       2. Set up inventory and maintenance.
      c. Pre-Season
                i. Work with Strength Coach on special problems
               ii. Monitor weight charts daily for abnormalities
             iii. Keep records of all injuries.
              iv. Get class schedules on every student athlete and keep on file.
      d. Official Practice Start (October)
                i. Training room open 1 hour prior to practice start
               ii. Observe practice
             iii. Provide electrolyte for all breaks and after practice
              iv. Post-practice
                       1. Give treatments
                       2. Make treatment appointments for next AM (Stadium TR)
                       3. Clean Training Room
                       4. Make out injury reports (Put in Computer next AM)
      e. Pre-game (day before)
                i. Set up visitor’s dressing room if possible
               ii. Meet visiting trainer and assist in any way possible
      f. Game Procedures
                i. Be present during any practice session
               ii. Give appropriate treatments
             iii. Set up visitor’s dressing room
              iv. Attend pre-game meal
               v. Prepare training room for pre-game, game, and post-game
                   activities
              vi. Tape at half of preliminary game if applicable
      g. Dress – See Dress Code
C. Cross Country
      a. Important dates
              i. Physicals late August (get roster form during summer)
             ii. Time Trials
            iii. Practice Start
            iv. First Meet
             v. Last Meet
      b. Equipment Needed for Meets
              i. 1 large kit
             ii. 1 cooler – with a lot of ice filled with ?
            iii. Cups
            iv. Ice
      c. Dress – See Dress Code
      d. Procedure for Home Meets
              i. Meets usually between 10:00 and 11:30 am
             ii. Be at Golf Course 45-60 minutes before start of meet
            iii. During meet, move around the designated running course and be at
                 finish line at the end of the meet
            iv. Stay at course 20-30 minutes after meet
             v. Open training room after meet if necessary
      e. Away Meets – If Close
              i. Depart with team
             ii. Take 1 kit – no electrolyte drink
            iii. During meet – move around designated course and be at finish line
                 at end of race
            iv. Depart with team after race
      f. Helpful hints
              i. Set up waterer – electrolyte – kits – close to finish line – by own
                 car or caddy. Waterer is “cow”, fountains, etc.
             ii. Drive car onto golf course and park fairly close to the finish line or
                 caddy
            iii. Good communication with Head Coach
      g. Injury reports should be updated and filed – computerized daily
D. Football
      a. Pre-Season
              i. Physical Exams
                     1. Obtain roster from head coach
                     2. Notify all NEW walk-ons to have athletic physical and to
                          return athletic injury questionnaire to athletic trainer.
                     3. Set up times for physicals at Student Health Service (during
                          summer)
                     4. Notify coaches and Student Health Service by letter
                     5. Notify athletes of times when physician is available for
                          physicals.
                     6. Assign student trainers to supervise traffic.

               ii. Equipment issue
        1. All walk-ons will be cleared through Head Trainer before
            he can draw equipment
        2. Set up times for all athletes to have equipment checks –
            coordinate with physicals.
iii. Training room procedures will be as per schedule for practices
     (two-a-day)
        1. Remainder of two-a-day or pre-season schedule
        2. Trainers will live in dorm area during two-a-day practices
        3. Trainers will abide by dorm rules as set up for athletes by
            coaches
iv. In-Season
        1. Practices
                a. All trainers report to the training room according to
                   schedules posted.
                b. Duties of each trainer will be in accordance with the
                   duties spelled out in this document and as specified
                   by the head trainer.
                c. All trainers will assist each other in any way to
                   insure the safety of the athletes
                         i. Take heat and humidity 3’ x 5’ and ground
                            level ½ hour before practice, mid-practice,
                            and post-practice; record on chart in training
                            room or in field equipment kit
                        ii. Clean and have in working order all water
                            fountains
                      iii. Have ample ice for water and treatment.
                            Order if necessary.
                       iv. Have water fountains in easy access of
                            players.
                        v. Have cart, supply truck, emergency first aid
                            equipment, stretcher, splints, sports chair,
                            medical bag, tape bag, ice bags, walkie-
                            talkies
                       vi. Each trainer is responsible for observing
                            drills during practice to insure the athletes’
                            safety
                      vii. A minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2
                            trainers will remain indoors for the duration
                            of practice. All others will report to the
                            practice area
                                1. These trainers are responsible for
                                    making electrolyte drinks and giving
                                    treatment (when applicable)
        2. Games: Home
                a. All trainers will report to the facility at the assigned
                   time.
     b. All trainers available will help in pre-game
         preparations of the team (taping, treatments, etc.)
     c. During the pre-game warm-ups, observe players for
         abnormal behavior
               i. Tight tape
              ii. Tight wraps
             iii. Ill fitting equipment
             iv. Tightness – early fatigue
              v. Looseness
     d. During pre-game talk (team) all trainer should
         report to training room and prepare themselves
         physically and mentally (for weather, contest
         emergencies, and general unexpectancies)
     e. Trainers duties on the field will be assigned and
         posted
     f. Emergencies during the game will be handled
         according to the Head Trainer/Doctor
     g. All injuries will be reported to the Head Trainer no
         matter how minor
     h. Securing the facility after each game will be the
         duty of the new trainers
               i. Clean facility of all waste and deposit
                  properly
              ii. Drain and clean all whirlpools
             iii. Clean and mop the floor
             iv. Secure all equipment
              v. Lock up securely
3. Games: Away
     Trainers traveling will:
     a. Check travel trunks for all needed supplies, tapes,
         clothes, etc. (Wednesday)
     b. Develop and distribute to travel party an itinerary of
         all trips (Thursday)
     c. Check and place in travel can all equipment, trunks,
         coolers, etc.
     d. Supervise any pre-departure meals (Friday)
     e. Arrive early at departure site to meet with
         transportation personnel and mark seats if needed or
         assign busses if needed
     f. Coordinate ground transportation escorts departure
         times, etc.
     g. Approve and notify head Coach of all meeting and
         dining facilities immediately upon arrival at motel
         site
     h. Supply all coaches with list of player rooms,
         meeting rooms, etc.
      i. Check with catering service about meals, times,
          changes, difficulties, additions or deletions and
          approve or disapprove
      j. Secure personal area last
      k. Notify managers of any changes, desires, problems,
          etc.
      l. Secure area for movie or meeting when applicable
      m. Coordinate ending of meetings, snacks, bed checks
      n. Be available for bed check problems, etc.
      o. Coordinate pre-game meals, meeting, pre-game
          taping
      p. Send a minimum of 1 student trainer with
          equipment for training room set up at stadium
          dressing facility
      q. Supervise ground transportation to stadium for
          games and to airports for return flights.
      r. Attend to game procedures as per home contest
          whenever possible under prevailing conditions
      s. Give any treatments necessary while in transit
          (ground or aid)
4. Post-Game:
      a. Freshmen secure training room supplies and
          equipment and return them to the facility
      b. Sophomores – Juniors attend to training room
          procedures for new injuries
      c. All other trainers cut tape and make on the spot
          observations of all players for possible problems
      d. Have all injured players checked by Team
          Physician
      e. Record all injuries
      f. Make sure all injured players and team knows
          Sunday treatment, meal and workout schedules
      g. Turn in injury report to Head Coach
5. Day after game (Sunday):
      a. 1:00 pm treatment and injury evaluation (doctor
          present) make treatment
      b. Appointment for old injuries next am – new injuries
          Sunday pm
      c. 1:00 pm training room will be manned by all upper
          classmen and trainers who may have traveled with
          the team
                i. re-evaluate all injuries
               ii. treat accordingly
             iii. refer to doctor
             iv. make treatment appointments for next day
                   AM
                                      v. 5:30 pm – dinner when applicable
E. Tennis
      a. Pre-Season
               i. Physical Exams (refer to Physical Exam procedures)
      b. In-Season
               i. Medical coverage of tennis matches will not be the physical
                  presence of a student, head trainer, ATC or grad student.
                      1. There will be a student assigned to the tennis team by the
                          Head Trainer
                      2. All injuries, illnesses or other medical needs of tennis
                          athletes will be referred for evaluation and/or referral to
                          other medical specialists. All injury reports are to be
                          computerized.
                      3. Be present at all meets
                      4. Travel when possible
F. Track (Indoor and Outdoor)
      a. Important dates
               i. Pre-practice meeting
                      1. Get class schedule cards filled out
                      2. Give out physical exam times and questionnaires
                      3. Explain physical procedure
                              a. Scholarship
                              b. Walk-ons (if not notified before school starts)
              ii. Physical Exams
                      1. follow procedures
             iii. First meet
             iv. Last meet
              v. Semester and holiday break workout schedules
      b. Equipment
               i. At track (HOME)
                      1. Ice and ice chest
                      2. Kit with training supplies
                      3. Plastic bags
                      4. Towels
                      5. Water and/or electrolyte
              ii. At track (AWAY)
                      1. Same as above
             iii. At motel (AWAY)
                      1. Kit with training supplies
                      2. Heating pad (electric)
                      3. Plastic bags for ice
                      4. Sound machine (when needed on long trips)
      c. Trips
               i. Dress (see dress code)
              ii. Travel
                      1. Usually leave from field house
               2. Usually return home after meet
               3. Itineraries are generally available day before departure
      iii. Meals
               1. Trainer generally on his own
      iv. Treatments
               1. Give treatments in motel room if time doesn’t permit using
                   host facilities (contact host trainer before you leave is
                   possible)
               2. Have motion sickness medication available
d. Meet Preparation
        i. Go to track with first athletes who compete or warm up
       ii. Locate all facilities and emergency care for visitors at home and
           yourself on the road
      iii. Stay at the track until the last athlete finishes competing
      iv. Treat athletes as needed at track
e. Injuries
        i. Make out reports
       ii. File injury reports (computerize all reports)
      iii. Report to Head Coach or Head Trainer
      iv. Assign treatment times for all injured athletes
       v. Treat all injuries upon return whenever possible

				
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