The Sports Medicine care at Indiana University Kokomo is provided on a limited basis. A certified athletic trainer will evaluate injured students, faculty / staff, or student athletes if their athletic trainer is unavailable (only if needed) and provide the basic health care needs, and direct them to the client's preferred physician, nurse practitioner, etc., as necessary.
The role of the athletic trainer is to implement prevention of injury programs, provide immediate care and treatment, and follow rehabilitation procedures for the injured client as directed by the client's preferred physician.
The dietitian is available for out-patient concerns such as special diets, food allergies or intolerances, condition specific care (diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, etc.), supplements, sports nutrition, and integrative dietetics.
The Health Center facility is in the following location Cole Fitness Center
Hours of Operation
During the academic year, the hours of operation of sports medicine clinic services are determined on a semester basis. The hours will be posted each semester.
All Hours of Operation are subject to change. If the Hours of Operation are changed, the athletic training/dietetics staff will communicate the change to the University.
Sports Medicine Staff Certification / Licensure
All professional Sports Medicine staff members are national ATC (athletic training certified), LAT (licensed athletic trainer in the state of Indiana), professional healthcare provider certified by the American Heart Association, which includes CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillation), and oxygen administration and airway management competencies. All Sports Medicine Staff yearly review updated information regarding OSHA requirements of Blood Pathogens and Other Potentially Infectious Material.
All Sports Medicine staff must have and maintain current NATA (National Athletic Trainers' Association), CPR, AED certification, and Indiana state licensure. If a new staff member is not licensed in the state of Indiana, upon hiring, s/he will have 30 days to obtain Indiana licensure.
Dietetics Staff Licensing and Registration
All dietetics staff will have earned the credentials "R.D." or "Registered Dietitian" which shows the successful completion of the national registration examination and mandatory continuing education credit. They must also hold a license in the state.
Goals and Objectives
- To assure the availability of any needed referrals for orthopedic injuries on a limited basis.
- To provide medical guidance in determining basic strength and conditioning activities.
- To provide and review emergency action plans as needed for students at various practice and exercise venues.
- To provide integration with campus educational needs.
Emergency Room / Urgent Care for Students, Staff / Faculty
In cases of life threatening illness or injury, 911 will be called. If no provider is on duty, the affected individual should call 911, then proceed directly to a hospital or emergency care facility if able, or have someone call 911 for them.
All certified athletic trainers are subject to the regulatory documents that have been put in place by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Position statements and evidence-based guidelines will be followed.
Athletic Training Care Limitations
The care given in the IU Kokomo Campus Health and Wellness Center is not to substitute for the care of a physician. Prescriptions for physical therapy will not be taken at the clinic due to limited hours and staff availability.
Scope of Practice
Athletic trainers hired by IU Kokomo Health and Wellness Center shall be certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and licensed under the Indiana Athletic Trainers Board.
The clinic is supervised by a licensed athletic trainer and is also used as an educational site by IU Kokomo. Student interns of the clinic may provide care and are supervised by the licensed athletic trainer. Student interns are required to be in compliance with health care employment regulations.
- IU Kokomo shall neither practice nor condone illegal discrimination based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The full Indiana University non-discrimination policy offers additional details.
- Medical resource availability and accessibility shall be based on established medical criteria for necessity.
- IU Kokomo shall not place the sports medicine staff in compromising situations requiring them to provide inequitable treatment.
- All patients / clients are recommended to follow-up with their physician for assessment.
Supervision of Student Interns
All student interns are directly supervised by the licensed athletic trainer and/or registered dietitian. No student will be allowed to direct care.
All care will be documented according to current health care guidelines. Medical records are private and confidential. The patient / client is responsible for all communication of medical records to his / her medical providers. Paper copies are provided upon request. It is the responsibility of the patient / client to deliver these documents, if needed, to their health care provider.