| Sports Medicine
University of Oklahoma Athletics Training provides
quality care to student-athletics at the University.
Responsibilities include the prevention, recognition,
treatment and rehabilitation of athletics injuries.
A scholarship student-athlete is defined as
one whose funding is noted as "scholarship" on the
official departmental roster.
In accordance with NCAA
rules, the OU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
may provide a student-athlete's medical expenses (including
surgical expenses, medication, rehabilitation, physical
therapy expenses, and dental expenses) resulting from
any injury or illness regardless of whether the injury
or illness occurs during the academic year or summer
"Athletically related injury or illness" is defined
as condition(s) that occur in an organized, supervised
athletic workout or intercollegiate competition for
which the student-athlete is representing the University
Non-scholarship student-athletes are responsible
for the payment of any and all expenses that result
from athletically-related injury or illness, including
dental work and physical examinations. The Athletics
Department may pay medical expenses for athletically
related injury or illness incurred by a non-scholarship
student-athlete only if approved by the Associate Athletic
Director for the specific student-athlete's sport.
The Associate Athletic Director will communicate all
exceptions in writing to the student-athlete's Coach,
the Compliance Coordinator, the Head Athletic Trainer,
the Athletics Department's Insurance Processor, and
the Coordinator of Financial Aid in charge of the official
roster. Decisions concerning the medical eligibility
of a student-athlete for athletic participation shall
be the sole responsibility of the Certified Athletic
Trainer and/or Team Physician(s). The Head Team Physician
is the final authority regarding all medical eligibility.
It is to be acknowledged by the student-athlete that
there are certain inherent risks involved in participating
in intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete
is willing to assume responsibility for such risk.
All student-athletes may assume responsibility for:
Expense related to non-athletic related injury
or illness which is inclusive of any condition(s) that
occurs outside an organized, supervised athletic workout
or intercollegiate competition for which the student-athlete
is not representing the University of Oklahoma.
Expense related to condition(s) not arising
from practice or competition (such as, but not limited
to: domestic accidents, motor vehicle accidents,
sexually transmitted disease, or dental conditions
not related to injury).
Unresolved athletically related injury or illness
upon termination of athletic participation, withdrawal,
or graduation from the University, unless arrangements
for provision of medical care for the unresolved athletically
related injury or illness is made prior to withdrawal,
graduation, or termination of athletic participation.
Student-athletes are no longer eligible for medical
coverage through the Athletics Department if:
Student-athlete quits sport.
Student-athlete is dismissed from sport.
An injured student-athlete discontinues rehabilitation
as prescribed by the Team Physician.
The Team Physician certifies that an injured
student-athlete has recovered sufficiently to reasonably
permit him or her to compete, and that student-athlete
nonetheless chooses to quit athletic participation.
Non-scholarship student-athletes are responsible for
the payment of any and all expenses that result from
athletically related injury or illness, including dental
work and physical examinations. All non-scholarship
studentathletes shall annually acknowledge, in writing,
assumption of responsibility for injuries or illnesses
and provide insurance information.
It is always the option of the student-athlete to obtain
his or her own medical care. If his/her parents, guardian,
or spouse prefer to seek their own medical care, note
The University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics may not:
Assume financial responsibility for charges
incurred, unless prior approval is granted by the Head
Athletic Trainer or Head Team Physician.
Render any follow-up care; or,
Allow the student-athlete to participate until
the following conditions are met:
The Head Athletic Trainer has received written
clearance from the attending health care provider.
The student-athlete has received medical clearance
from the Head Team Physician to resume athletic participation.
Participation in sports requires an acceptance of risk
of injury. Student-athletes rightfully assume that
those who are responsiblefor the conduct of sport have
taken reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of
significant injury. Periodic analysis of injury patterns
continually leads to refinements in the rules and other
Attempting to legislate safety via rules books and
equipment standards, while helpful, is seldom entirely
effective. Relying on officials to enforce compliance
with rules books is as insufficient in preventing injury
as relying on warning labels to produce behavioral
compliance with safety guidelines.
Compliance implies respect on everyone's part (studentathlete,
Coach, Certified Athletic Trainer, Physician, Athletics
Director) for the intent and purpose of rules and guidelines.
Student-athletes, for their part, should comply with
and understand the rules and standards that govern
their sports. Coaches should appropriately acquaint
the student-athlete with the risks of injury and with
the rules and practices they are employing in order
to minimize the student-athlete's risk of significant
injury while pursuing the many benefits of sport.
The Certified Athletic Trainer and Team Physician should
be responsible for injury-prevention efforts (whenever
possible) and the care of those injuries that occur.
The athletics program, via the Athletics Administrator,
should be responsible for providing a safe environment.
The student-athlete and the athletic program have a
mutual need for an informed awareness of the risks
being accepted and for sharing the responsibility of
minimizing those risks.
The Athletics Department will assume responsibility
for medical expenses incurred by scholarship student-athletes
if referred to and approved by a Certified Athletic
Trainer or Team Physician.
If a student-athlete quits or is dismissed,
medical care and coverage may cease.
Non-scholarship student-athletes are entirely
responsible for all medical expenses, unless a waiver
is granted by the Athletics Administration, and are
required to submit proof of insurance covering athletically
related injury and illness.
If there is ever a question, comment, or concern
by a student-athlete regarding any aspect of provision
of medical care, the Head Athletic Trainer and Team
Physician should be contacted directly.
The head Team Physician is the final authority
regarding all medical eligibility.
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