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Sports Medicine

 

Important Information



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Physicals 

CMS Athletics requires an annual pre-participation physical for athletes prior to participation in any team activity. This exam must be administered by a qualified physician (M.D., D.O., not chiropractic). This exam is in addition to the entrance physical required by the colleges for freshman and transfer students.

The CMS sports medicine department has adapted an online injury tracking system to maintain current address, emergency contacts, insurance information, physical and current health history. The instructions to access this system can be found below. Current paperwork will be found on this website and must be completed by the student athlete, with the exception of the physical. All information will be used to establish your personal and confidential medical file and must be completed prior to clearance for athletic participation. If you have any questions regarding the physicals process please contact the sports medicine department at sportsmedicine@cms.claremont.edu.

Please read the Instructions carefully.

Download the Physical Form.

 


Insurance

Insurance Downloads

Sports activities have varying degrees of risk of injury that participants should recognize by nature of the activity. Students who choose to participate in the intercollegiate sports program are encouraged, but not required to have personal insurance coverage. Most students are covered by their parents policy. The CMS athletics department has an excess insurance policy on all sports participants, however, it acts as a secondary carrier for athletic injuries only. This policy covers only injuries that occur during practice or games of the sport in which the athlete is participating. Should an injury occur, your insurance will be billed for initial treatment. Charges not covered by the primary carrier will be submitted to the CMS carrier for payment. 

All referrals for medical services must have written pre-authorization by the athletic trainers in order to be covered by the school insurance plan. Do not self refer unless it is an emergency.

 


Supplements

What You Need to Know! 

Student -athletes need to be aware that many preparations they obtain from herbologists, the internet and nutrition stores may contain substances that are legal to purchase, but are on the banned substance list for the NCAA.

Recent actions by the FDA have made the most common supplement ephedrine illegal. However, most products marketed as "ephedra-free" contain unsafe ingredients and may be as harmful as those that actually contain the substance. Also, these substances are commonly used as ingredients in protein preparations, i.e., protein shakes, but may not be included in the ingredient list. Ephedrine and it's like substances are dangerous. According to the FDA, since 1994 there have been over 800 reports of adverse reactions to non-prescription ephedrine. These include seizures, heart attacks, and death. The risk is significantly higher when supplements are mixed with other supplements or with other medications such as asthma inhalers. The risk is also increased when mixed with exercise. Many ingredients constrict the blood vessels, which hinders the body's ability to release heat. Dietary supplements are not regulated. Manufacturers may make inaccurate claims on the labels.

Other substances commonly used in these items include androstendione, norandrosteindione and DHEA. These are legal to buy, but will cause a positive in NCAA drug testing.

In essence, avoid anything ending in: -ione, -one, -ine, -ol, -ide or using the word anabolic.

The wisest choice is not to take anything without first clearing it with the CMS Athletic Trainers or team physicians first.

Click below for a printable list of some common banned substances. Please be aware, this list is not all-inclusive!! There are many other substances in these categories. These are just a few examples.

2015-16 NCAA Banned Substances List  

 


Information for Visiting Teams

The Sports Medicine Staff welcomes all visiting teams to Claremont. It is our goal to make your stay as pleasant and healthy as possible. Teams will have access to the athletic training room and staff as needed. If your team is traveling with a certified athletic trainer and your team will be using our facilities outside of our normal operating hours, arrangments will be made for access to the athletic training room. If you are traveling with a student athletic trainer or none at all, please call ahead to make arrangments for coverage. Please provide written protocal for all treatments needed, and we will gladly administer them.

The following modalities are available: Moist Heat Packs, Ice, Ultrasound, High Volt Muscle Stim, Interferential, Hot and Cold Whirlpools, plus a full compliment of rehab equipment.

We will tape your team as needed, however, we ask that you provide your own supplies. Other supplies such as water bottles, cups, splints and crutches will be available for your use.

A certified athletic trainer will be present for all contests. Team physicians are on site for all football games and on-call for all others. An ambulance will also be present at football contests.

In general, water, cups, water bottles, ice and towels will be found on your teams bench and in the lockerroom.

Please call (909-607-3248) or email (sportsmedicine@cms.claremont.edu) us if you have any questions or special needs!



Concussion Statement

The 2010 NCAA Executive Committee has adopted the following policy for institutions across all three divisions.

 "Institutions shall have a concussion management plan on file such that a student-athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be removed from practice or competition and evaluated by an athletics healthcare provider with experience in the evaluation and management of concussion. Student-athletes diagnosed with a concussion shall not return to activity for the remainder of that day. Medical clearance shall be determined by the team physician or their designee according to the concussion management plan. In addition, student-athletes must sign a statement in which they accept the responsibility for reporting their injuries and illnesses to the institutional medical staff, including signs and symptoms of concussions."

The CMS Sports Medicine Team and Athletic Department adhere to the positions and concepts of this statement with regards to the evaluation, management and return-to-play considerations of concussions sustained while participating in sports at CMS, however, these positions are used as a guideline only, with each case managed on an individual basis.

CMS Sports Medicine Concussion Management Guidelines (pdf)

NCAA Concussion Awareness Video

NATA Position Statement: Management of Sport-Related Concussion (pdf)

 


Air Quality Guidelines

In May 2010 the Institutions of the SCIAC adopted the following guidelines for management of issues related to air quality and its affect on physical activity and the health and well being of the student athletes. These are guidelines only and the extent of physical activity allowed will be constantly monitored and decisions made appropriately by the Sports Medicine Staff of CMS.

Air Quality Guidelines (pdf)