Yale Athletics Training Services

The purpose of the NATA certified athletic training staff at Yale University is to prepare intercollegiate athletes for practice or competition, including taping, bandaging and bracing; evaluate injuries to determine their management and possible referral; develop conditioning programs, and implement treatment and rehabilitation programs.

All injuries, illnesses, or other medical problems that may affect an athlete's participation in intercollegiate athletics should be reported immediately to the athletic training staff or team physician. All medical information will be kept confidential.

Yale athletes injured while participating in intercollegiate athletic activities will be evaluated by the athletic training staff, and referred to the team physician. Athletes will be referred back to the athletic training staff for treatment and rehabilitation. Athletes will be referred to orthopedic consultants or other medical consultants, as determined by the team physician.

Athletes should follow-up with their team's assigned athletic trainer immediately after seeing any physician, in order to insure appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. Injured athletes are strongly encouraged to utilize morning treatment hours at Dwyer Center, and should make arrangements with their team's athletic trainer for additional treatment or rehabilitation times, as needed.

Other Services Available

A. Psychological Services are available at DUH (Mental Hygiene, 3rd floor).

1. For substance abuse problems or questions, contact Marie Baker at 432-1891.
2. For eating disorders, contact Lorraine Siggins at 432-0306.

Athletes should be aware that they can also contact any athletic trainer, Dr. Goldberg, or Molly Meyer for assistance in securing appropriate referral for any of these. Absolute confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

B. Orthotics

Orthotics may be prescribed by one of the team physicians for various musculoskeletal injuries. Orthotics can be ordered through the athletic training staff, or from a list of community podiatrists. Payment for orthotics is the responsibility of the individual athlete, and not the Department of Athletics or Athletic Medicine. ORTHOTICS WILL NOT BE ORDERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.

C. Mouth Guards

1. Custom molded mouth guards are available to any athlete requesting one, at no cost to the athlete. Athletes should make arrangements with an athletic trainer for an appointment to be fitted.
2. Non-custom mouth guards are also available from athletic training or equipment personnel.
3. Athletes in football, field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse are required to wear mouth guards.

D. Protective Eyewear/Vision Recommendations

1. Protective eyewear will be provided for athletes requesting it. Athletes should contact an athletic
trainer in order to secure safety goggles.
2. All eyewear worn in practice or competition should be safety glasses or goggles.
3. It is recommended that athletes who wear contact lenses carry a spare pair with them or provide their
team's athletic trainer with a spare pair to be carried in the medical kit, in case one is lost during
practice or competition.
4. Routine eye care is available by appointment at DHSC.

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