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Athletic Training Room
Ratner Athletics Center
5530 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Head Athletic Trainer
Mary Wisniewski, MS, ATC, LAT
Phone: (773) 753-4708
Fax: (773) 834-4470
Assistant Athletic Trainers
Lucy Shaw, MS, ATC, LAT
Phone: (773) 702-3882
Fax: (773) 834-4470
Bruce Reider, MD
Holly Benjamin, MD
Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Policy
Any student-athlete who has been tested by the NCAA and is found
to have utilized a substance on the list of banned drugs will be ineligible
for one calendar year after the positive drug test, and will lose a minimum
of one season of competition in all sports. The student-athlete will
remain ineligible until the student-athlete tests negative and eligibility
is restored by the eligibility Subcommittee. If the student tests positive
a second time for the use of any drug other than a “street drug” as defined
by the NCAA, he or she shall lose all remaining regular-season and post
season eligibility in all sports. If the student-athlete tests positive
for the use of a “street drug” after being restored to eligibility, he
or she shall lose a minimum of one additional season of competition in
all sports and also shall remain ineligible for regular-season and post
season competition at least through the next calendar year.
The drinking age in the State of
is 21, therefore, no student-athlete under the age of 21 shall be provided
with or consume any alcoholic beverages. Fall sport athletes are prohibited
from the consumption of alcohol during the pre-season period. Teams representing
are prohibited the use of alcoholic beverages while on any university
Tobacco use is banned at all practices and competitions.
Nutritional supplements are marketed to athletes to improve performance,
recovery time required after a workout or to build muscles. Many athletes
use nutritional supplements despite the lack of long term studies to assess
possible harmful side effects. In addition, such substances may be ineffective,
are expensive, and may be harmful to health or performance. Contents
of many of these compounds are not subject to the strict regulations of
the US Food and Drug Administration and may contain impurities or banned
substances which may cause a student-athlete to test positive. The University
of Chicago Department of Physical Education & Athletics discourages
their use and coaches will not distribute or endorse “nutritional” supplements.
The use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco are banned during recruit visits.
Training Room Rules & Procedures
all injuries after practice on the day that they occur.
must check with an athletic trainer before going to any doctor. If
you cannot keep a doctor’s appointment or appointment with an athletic
trainer, call the athletic training rooms. Henry Crown Field House
753-4692, Ratner Athletics Training Room - Justin
702-3875, Jessica 702-5573, and Mary 753-4708.
take medications which have been prescribed for someone else.
you are injured, be sure to get treatment as soon as possible during
the day. This means before your first class, if necessary.
attire is required in the athletic training rooms at all times. Muddy
or cleated shoes are not allowed in the athletic training rooms.
horseplay in the athletic training rooms.
do not treat themselves. A certified athletic trainer must always
be present during treatments.
must shower before receiving treatments after practices and competitions.
U. of C. Managed Care Office
Sickle Cell Trait Information
About Sickle Cell Trait
- Sickle cell trait is an inherited condition of the oxygen-carrying protein, hemoglobin, in the red blood cells.
- Sickle cell trait is a common condition (> three million Americans)
- Although Sickle cell trait is most predominant in African-Americans and those of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, Caribbean, and South and Central American ancestry, persons of all races and ancestry may test positive for sickle cell trait.
- Sickle cell trait is usually benign, but during intense, sustained exercise, hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in the muscles may cause red blood cells to change from a normal disc shape to a crescent or “sickle” shape, which can accumulate in the bloodstream and obstruct blood vessels, leading to collapse from the rapid breakdown of muscles starved of blood.
- This can lead to exercise related complications such as dehydration, heat illness, but also life-threatening injury to the body’s organ’s (liver, kidneys, heart) and/or death.
Sickle Cell Trait Testing
Although Sickle Cell Trait screening is normally performed on all U.S. babies at birth, many student-athletes may not know whether they have the trait. Following the recommendations of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP), if the trait is not known, the NCAA recommends athletics departments confirm Sickle Cell Trait status in all student-athletes during the Medical Examination period.
The University of Chicago requires that all student-athletes must be tested for sickle cell trait, show proof of a prior test or sign a waiver releasing the institution from liability if they decline to be tested. The new rule is in effect for the 2010-11 academic year. Athletes who are known to be sickle cell trait carriers are not at risk of exclusion from participation; but education and modification in training or competition will be provided as needed.
Acceptable examples of proof are: Patient’s medical records, Sickledex, Hemoglobinopathy screening (using high performance liquid chromatography [HPLC] or using DNA based methods), Newborn screen.
The NCAA is committed to the prevention, identification, evaluation and management of concussions. The NCAA’s latest step in the process to develop a consistent association-wide approach to concussion management has come from the NCAA Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee adopted the following policy for institutions across all three divisions. “Institutions shall have a concussion management plan on file such that a student-athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed from practice or competition and evaluated by an athletics healthcare provider with experience in the evaluation and management of concussion. Student-athletes diagnosed with a concussion shall not return to activity for the remainder of that day. Medical clearance shall be determined by the team physician or their designee according to the concussion management plan.
In addition, student-athletes must sign a statement in which they accept the responsibility for reporting their injuries and illnesses to the institutional medical staff, including signs and symptoms of concussions. During the review and signing process student-athletes should be presented with educational material on concussions.”
Stimulant Use for Treating Medical Conditions (i.e. ADD, ADHD)
Do I need to tell my athletic trainer and athletic training staff about taking ADD/ADHD medication?
Yes. Proper documentation of the diagnosis, prescription medication, and follow-up care is mandated by the NCAA.
If I have been diagnosed and treated for ADD/ADHD before, what do I have to do now?
Contact your healthcare provider who was managing and caring for you regarding the ADD/ADHD. The athletic training staff requires all records of the ADD/ADHD assessment and history of treatment, including follow-up examinations. The athletic training staff will also require continual updated information from all of your future follow-up exams and copies of each prescription given.
What if I do not have records of an ADD/ADHD assessment, but have been prescribed and have taken/currently take medication for ADD/ADHD?
If you do not have records documenting testing and evaluation, you must undergo a comprehensive evaluation to establish a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, regardless of previously taken or prescribed medication.
What if I have never been diagnosed or treated for ADD/ADHD and am going to initiate treatment now?
You must undergo a comprehensive evaluation to establish a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD before initiating treatment.
What is the diagnosis based on? Does it matter what doctor assesses the evaluation and diagnoses me?
Diagnosis is based on clinical evaluation. ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder that should be assessed and managed by experienced mental health and primary care clinicians who have experience in the diagnosis and management of ADD/ADHD.
Do I just need to have the one evaluation? Are there any other appointments I need to make?
The NCAA requires, at minimum, yearly follow-up examinations for clinical evaluation. Documentation of each of those visits needs to be given to the athletic training staff to be placed in the student athlete’s file.
What does the documentation from my healthcare provider have to include?
The NCAA mandates that the athletic training staff should have at least the following documentation on file:
-Description of the evaluation process which identifies the assessment tools and procedures.
-Statement of the Diagnosis, including when it was confirmed.
-History of ADD/ADHD treatment (previous/ongoing).
-Statement that a non-banned ADHD alternative has been considered if a stimulant is currently prescribed.
-Copy of the most recent prescription (as documented by the prescribing physician).
-Statement regarding follow-up and monitoring visits. Please see the attached forms for your healthcare provider to reference.
What if I am taking ADD/ADHD medication without a prescription? What if I do not give all or any of the proper documentation and still take my ADD/ADHD medication?
Most ADD/ADHD medication includes stimulants, which are banned under the NCAA. If the proper documentation is not on file and the student-athlete fails a drug test due to the ADD/ADHD medication, the athletic training staff will not be able to appeal for a medical exemption. The resulting punishment towards the student-athlete may include, but is not limited to, a suspension of 365 days from the date of the positive drug test.
Is there anything I can bring with me to my healthcare provider to make sure I bring all of the proper documentation?
Yes. Below is a Sample Evaluation Format provided by the NCAA that you may provide your physician. Also, see the Medical Clearance Forms for a guideline for the criteria for a letter from the prescribing physician.