The Club Sports Healthcare Program was established in the fall of 2014 to provide a safe return to activity for all club sport athletes after injury. Athletic Trainers specialize in the acute care and prevention of athletic injuries and illnesses, treatment, rehabilitation and education, as well as referral services to more specialized medical professionals.
The Healthcare Staff will make every effort to get an athlete back to play, but it must be done safely and appropriately. The student athlete does NOT have the right to make the decision to return to play without the consent of the certified athletic trainer or Team Physician they are working with. In the event that an athlete ignores or chooses to disregard medical disqualifications given by a certified athletic trainer or team physician, the athlete will: at the minimum be suspended from participation in any club sport event (practice, game, tourney, travel, etc) for at least one week regardless of the season or phase of season (pre, post, etc). Any further disciplinary action will be decided at the discretion of the Coordinator of Club Sports and Club Sports Healthcare Staff.
UMass Lowell Campus Recreation is committed to providing the best possible healthcare to our student-athletes. Concussions are serious injuries that need to be taken care of properly. If not treated correctly, there is a greater risk for further, more disruptive injury, and/or longer recovery time. In order to ensure that any athlete that suffers from a concussion is safely returned to play, the following procedure will be followed for every concussion: the athlete will be immediately removed from play and evaluated by a certified athletic trainer. If a certified trainer was not present at the time of injury, the athlete should report to the athletic trainer, to be evaluated by them or physician as soon as possible. The athlete will be informed of their injury and will be given information and recommendations regarding participation and at home instructions. In all concussion cases, the five day return to play protocol will be followed.
UMass Lowell Campus Recreation does not provide accident, medical, or sickness insurance for club sport members and is not responsible for paying medical costs associated with injuries incurred through participation in voluntary club sport activities. All club members are required to have personal health insurance or insurance offered by the university. More information regarding university offered insurance can be found on the university health plans website.