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Providing Athletic Training Services for Sport Clubs

May 12, 2011

A Future Trend?

Nicole Piscitelli
Assistant Director
Informal Recreation and Student Development
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Over the years, Sport Club Programs have developed into sophisticated student organizations. Campus Recreation departments invest thousands of dollars each year while Sport Clubs recruit talented players, pay coaches, and travel all over the country to compete. Administrators continually support and guide the club organizations by implementing policies, hosting educational sessions, and providing services to meet the needs of the sport club participants.

A major issue and possible trend that Campus Recreation Departments are facing is whether or not to provide some level of athletic training service for sport club participants. Athletic trainers provide a depth and breadth of knowledge beyond that of a student with first aid and CPR certifications, or even that of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Athletic trainers are highly educated and skilled individuals providing services that range from injury prevention to rehabilitation. The ability to provide athletic training services is an excellent addition to a sport club program; however, securing funding and resources can be an obstacle.

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Current Legal Practices in Collegiate Club Sport Programs

May 12, 2011

Steve Kampf
Recreational Sports
Bowling Green State University

Scott Haines
Recreational Services
The College at Brockport, SUNY

Robert C. Schneider
The Department of Physical Education and Sport
The College at Brockport, SUNY

William F. Stier Jr.
The Department of Physical Education and Sport
The College at Brockport, SUNY

Brady Gaskins
Office of Residential Life
Bowling Green State University
Legal liability practices within a college recreation program have long been an apprehension for the personnel who oversee programming. In particular, club sport activities have been a concern as to what the true legal liability benchmarks were in the field of college recreational sports. A review of current literature revealed a lack of benchmarking information relating to legal liability practices in collegiate club sport programs. Specifically, the information gained from this study provides programmatic direction in reviewing and proposing changes to policies and procedures relating to club sport safety.

A comprehensive research study was recently completed on the subject of legal liability that relates to club sports. Areas that were studied included the use of waivers, travel, coaching, first aid/CPR, and supervision. The following information serves as a reference point for those who oversee college club sport programs and could help in developing or reviewing policies and procedures.

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Athletic Trainers in Sport Clubs

April 06, 2011

Ian McGregor, Ph.D.
McGregor & Associates

Here’s a typical situation I’ve run into on many campuses I’ve visited:

  • Women’s Rugby is a Varsity Sport
  • Men’s Rugby is a Club Sport

(or vice versa, or instead of rugby substitute any ‘high-risk’ sport)

In the above example, the women’s rugby (varsity) team has access to Athletic Trainers (and other medical services), while men’s rugby does not — or has to pay for a Trainer from Club funds — which they likely have to raise themselves.

The point is that Varsity Teams have access to Trainers, while Sport Clubs do not — irrespective of how ‘high-risk’ these Clubs are. Make sense? During my consulting trips to (many) campuses, I invariably recommend that Athletic Trainer services be provided based on the risk profile of the sport, and not on the sport’s status (i.e. whether it is varsity or not).

Experience tells me that the above scenario is the norm on most campuses across North America. However if your department funds Athletic Therapists for Sport Clubs or has a different model or if you have an opinion on all of this — please let us know!   Submit an article to the Newsletter!

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