The following policies and procedures will serve as guidelines to ensure respectful, safe and a positive working environment.
The athlete’s health status and medical records are confidential information. Do not discuss an athlete’s injury status in common areas – all should be behind closed doors with the medical staff and in some cases the coach.
- Administration of first aid/responder to injured varsity athletes with appropriate post communication and referral to physician/therapist.
- Proficiency in CPR, transport of injured athletes and reactions to emergency situations.
- Application of prophylactic or post injury prevention devices i.e. taping
- Basic rehab and exercise knowledge as instructed by the team physician and/or certified staff therapist.
- Communication of injuries and a cooperative relationship with head therapist, therapy team, team physician and coaching staff.
- Maintenance of clean and orderly therapy kits and required paperwork.
- Not to engage in any inappropriate behaviour with student athletes or coaches from Ottawa University. This includes dating anyone on the team you work with, drunk or disorderly conduct or derogatory conversations towards coaches, athletes or other members of the sports medicine staff.
- In the event of a conflict with a fellow student, coach or athlete, it will be communicated immediately the Head Athletic Therapist.
- Do not reveal a “diagnosis” to an injured athlete. You can tell them what you think might be going on and why you are allowing or not allowing them to return to play, but they should always see the sports medicine staff for a true diagnosis.
- Never discuss an injury with anyone outside of the Sport Medicine Staff.
- Do not discuss injuries with coaches unless communicated with head therapist first.
- Do not work/treat outside your qualifications
- Introduce yourself to the coach and the student trainer assigned to the same team as soon as you are assigned and exchange contact information. Discuss best times and methods of communication with the coach and with your student trainer partner.
- Attend the first team meeting to introduce yourself to the team and meet the players and support staff.
- Have every athlete (even for try-outs) completely fill out a Gee-Gee medical card to keep in the medical kit for the season.
- Stocking therapy kit regularly and tracking supply usage.
- Dress neatly and wear appropriate footwear. Work conduct and appearance represents our school. Look and act first class. Your physical appearance will enhance your credibility. No jeans or yoga type pants at games. Shorts should be just above the knees, no shorter. Dress appropriately for the weather. No shirts that expose the midriff, low back or cleavage.
- Clean all work areas (including portable tables and coolers) on a regular basis.
- Return dirty towels to the laundry and any biohazard to an appropriate container.
- Maintain up to date injury reports and paperwork (log book)
- Learn all emergency procedures for events at home and on the road.
- Be aware of (other) game duties and carry them out.
- Be prompt or better yet be early!
- Follow all procedures and policies.
- Be available prior and for follow up before and after practices you are covering
- If a student cannot attend a practice or game, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the supervisor ahead of time and attempt to make arrangements themselves for a replacement
- The student trainer's primary responsibility is the prevention, assessment, immediate care and treatment of injuries. If asked, the student may elect to spend some time with other team duties (i.e., team stats, hydration). However, these should not detract from the primary responsibilities.
- Except with specific situations, at least one student trainer will be in attendance at all practices, games and varsity tournaments.
- It is likely that the student trainers will enlist the help of other student trainers to work at varsity-hosted tournaments to provide coverage. Since the team student trainers spend many extra work-study hours before and after practices and games working with the team, they are not required to be in attendance during any non-varsity tournaments/clinics/post-season.
- The student trainer will, in cooperation with their partner, develop an emergency action plan in the event of a life threatening emergency for home and away venues and communicate this to the appropriate participants.
- The process of deciding when an athlete returns to play involves the physician, the varsity athletic therapist or physiotherapist, the student trainer, the coach and the athlete. This responsibility should be defined before the season begins.
- The student trainer should always assess and treat within their qualifications. Trying a tape job or treatment you’ve seen on a placement does not count as “qualified”. The athlete’s health and well-being are always #1. Attempting to do things outside of your qualifications (massage, taping techniques, etc) can harm the athlete or make an existing injury worse. Please have the athlete follow up at the varsity clinic with an athletic therapist or physiotherapist on staff.