Athletic Training Mission Statement

The University of Puget Sound Athletic Trainers and Team Physicians are dedicated to providing Logger student-athletes with contemporary, timely and effective health care services that will assist them in the pursuit of their goals as NCAA Division III student-athletes.

The University of Puget Sound athletic trainers and team physicians provide athletic training and sports medicine services to all Logger intercollegiate student-athletes. The following steps should be taken to utilize the Puget Sound athletic training services.

  • When a student-athlete sustains an injury during practice or competition he/she should immediately notify his/her coach and one of the Puget Sound staff athletic trainers.
  • The staff athletic trainer will then follow the proper steps to evaluate, treat and refer the student-athlete for appropriate medical care.
  • Once an injury is evaluated, treated and rehabilitated or reconditioned, then a staff athletic trainer and/or a team physician will communicate with the appropriate coach and determine when it is safe for the student-athlete to return to participation.
  • Upon release for participation the student-athlete will still need to follow-up with the athletic training staff for daily treatment and monitoring of the progress of the injury.

As with all health care facilities, there are procedures that must be followed in order to qualify for and receive service. Student-athletes are eligible for athletic training services based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a current member of a University of Puget Sound intercollegiate athletic team.  
  • Must have completed a pre-participation medical examination and the proper University of Puget Sound Intercollegiate Student-athlete Health History documentation. NCAA and Puget Sound Athletics Department guidelines stipulate that this be accomplished upon entrance into the athletic program. The preparticipation physical exam is required only once for your career and an annual health appraisal must be completed by the Puget Sound Athletic Training Staff every year thereafter.
  • All updated and current forms are on file with the athletic training staff. This includes past and present medical history, primary insurance information including a photocopy of the insurance card and completion of the University of Puget Sound Intercollegiate Student-athlete Waiver Form.

 

Description of Services

The University of Puget Sound athletic trainers (ATs) and team physicians provide athletic training and sports medicine services to all Logger intercollegiate student-athletes. When a student-athlete sustains an injury during practice or competition they should immediately notify his/her coach and one of the UPS athletic trainers. The staff athletic trainer will then follow the proper steps to evaluate, treat and refer the student-athlete for appropriate medical care. Once an injury is evaluated, treated and rehabilitated or reconditioned, then a staff AT and/or a team physician will communicate with the appropriate coach and determine when it is safe for the student-athlete to return to participation. Upon release for participation the student-athlete will still need to follow-up with the athletic training staff for daily treatment and monitoring of the progress of the injury.

There may be instances in which a student-athlete may need referral to a team physician or outside medical resources. Team physicians are available for student-athletes, on campus in the athletic training facility, at least one day a week. Private practice office visits with physicians will incur charges and be billed to the patient or his/her primary insurance carrier. This is also true for diagnostic tests (e.g. blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, etc.) and any other off campus health care obtained. The Puget Sound Sports Medicine Staff utilizes a group of community based health care professionals. These practitioners are selected because they understand the unique needs of the student-athletes at the University of Puget Sound and have proven to be accessible and cooperative with the patient management process. This is important in related health care administrative issues (filing insurance claims, etc.). [See "Insurance" section for more information]

As with all health care facilities, there are procedures that must be followed in order to qualify for and receive service. You are eligible for services provided by the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Staff if you have met the following criteria:

  • You are a current member of a University of Puget Sound intercollegiate athletic team.
  • You have received a pre-participation medical examination and the proper form is completed. NCAA and Athletics Department guidelines stipulate that this be accomplished upon entrance into the athletic program. The medical exam is required only once for your career but must be updated each academic year through the self administered health history and emergency / insurance / risk info forms.
  • All updated and current forms are on file with the athletic training staff. Medical exams are considered current if they are performed within 6 months of the athlete's initial entry into the Puget Sound intercollegiate athletic program. This exam is considered valid for 5 consecutive years. All other information must be updated each academic year (health history, emergency data, insurance and acknowledgement of risk forms).

Eligible student-athletes who are in their traditional competitive season will have priority of staff, equipment and facility resources. Student-athletes participating in off-season and non-traditional season activities may use the athletic training facility, but realize that in-season student-athletes have priority with the athletic training staff and facility.

Information regarding injuries and medical conditions sustained by student-athletes is confidential. If the student-athlete is 18 years of age or older information regarding such conditions can only be communicated with people specifically named by the student-athlete on the University of Puget Sound Consent and Authorization for Use, Disclosure and Exchange of Student-Athlete Health Information Form.


Nate Backes
Seattle, Wash.
Bishop Blanchet HS

Nate Backes went on a tear last week, tallying at least one hit in all four games the Loggers played en route to a 3-1 record and a series sweep of Lewis & Clark. Backes had multiple hits in three of the four games and went 3-for-4 in the series finale against the Pioneers on April 13. In that contest he ripped a double and legged out a triple, falling just a homer short of the cycle. With the base knocks he brought in three RBIs for the Loggers while scoring two himself, accounting for five of the Loggers' 11 runs on the day. In all he tallied eight hits, five runs, and eight RBIs last week, hitting for an even .500 average. Thanks to the hot bat, he leads the Loggers in batting average, RBIs, doubles, homeruns, and is tied for the lead in hits. Backes and the rest of the Puget Sound baseball squad travel to Forest Grove, Ore., for a three-game series at Pacific this season.