Athletic Training Services – Hope College

The goal of Hope College Athletic Training is to support our student-athletes with comprehensive, quality medical care while they participate in collegiate athletics at Hope College.

Hope College student-athletes will be supported by Hope College’s team physician, a team of West Michigan healthcare providers and, on campus, by full-time certified athletic trainers. .

Hope College Athletic Training strives to provide student-athletes with all necessary medical forms, insurance forms, and other items prior to participating in any intercollegiate sport at the facility.

Prior to commencing competition, all Hope College athletes will be required to pass a Pre-Participation Examination (PPE) at Hope College. THE PI will take place with one of our team doctors, the head coaches will inform the athletes of the scheduled time for their PPE. PPE is designed to determine if athletes are physically and medically fit to compete in athletic competition at Hope. The NCAA and our team doctor require that all prior medical history be disclosed at the time of PPE. All of this information should be brought with the athletes at the time of their scheduled PPE. Download PPE.

Note: An exception has been made to this policy in response to COVID-19. To comply with applicable national, state and local guidelines and to help ensure social distancing on campus, Hope College Athletics is asking student-athletes to complete their physical exams at home this year.

Freshman and transferring student-athletes must also have documentation of their sickle cell trait status. The NCAA recommends and Hope College requires documentation of sickle cell trait status prior to participation. The results of this test need only be documented initially prior to the student-athletes’ first season of participation. This test result can be obtained during PPE from your provider. Documentation of sickle cell test results should be emailed to [email protected], making sure to include the athlete’s name and the sport(s) they will be competing in at Hope. If sickle cell trait status cannot be obtained prior to arriving on campus, a simple test may be provided to you when you report to campus for preseason at a cost of $20.

All prospective Hope student-athletes must provide proof of major medical insurance that covers intercollegiate athletic participation (up to $90,000 per NCAA referral). This documentation must be provided to the Athletic Department prior to participating in intercollegiate sports. Student-athletes covered under a parent or guardian’s insurance policy will be required to complete documentation prior to their pre-participation exam in Athletic Training Software (ATS). (Please note that this information is also requested by Hope College Health Center – student-athletes must complete both).

Hope College also offers major medical insurance coverage. This insurance policy can be purchased on the Hope College Business Services website.

In addition to a student-athlete’s primary insurance, Hope College Athletics provides secondary insurance through BMI, benefits for injuries directly related to participation in intercollegiate sports. In accordance with NCAA regulations, off-season injuries sustained during the season that are not directly related to in-season competition or supervised practice such as conditioning classes, intramural competitions, weight training unsupervised or routine medical care (including dental or eye care) is not covered by this plan.

If an athlete sustains an injury during a covered activity, they should report it to Hope College athletic training staff. Students who are referred for medical treatment will receive secondary insurance policy information to provide to health care providers. However, medical claims must first be filed with the student’s/parents/guardians personal or primary insurance company. Once the primary insurance has paid the liable amounts, eligible expenses will be processed under the secondary policy and considered for payment to providers. Throughout this process, please email Jamie Dewitt at [email protected] for further assistance.

The athletic training staff at Hope College uses athletic training software (ATS) to maintain medical records for student-athletes at Hope. All student-athletes will be responsible for entering/updating their information in the system. All current student-athletes must have their account completed in order to be eligible to participate in team activities. Team activities include weightlifting, training, games, and non-traditional seasons. If you have any questions, contact Erik Byl at 616.826.2381 or [email protected] To get started, here are the checklists for new student-athletes and former student-athletes.

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that requires prescription medication, you are required by Hope College and the NCAA to provide a copy of your prescription, complete with the name/signature of the physician’s office, the name of the medication, and the dose. This must be submitted to your Hope medical records prior to your pre-participation exam. Certain substances are prohibited by the NCAA (i.e. ADHD or ADD drugs) and in the event of a drug test, your prescription must be registered in order for a medical exemption request to be filed on your behalf with the NCAA, preventing any sanction affecting your participation status.

Medically, if you have heart or respiratory problems, diabetes, recent surgeries, or other medical conditions that require frequent check-ups, monitoring, clearance, or testing, please bring/submit documentation that allows for participation in sports. Any recent test results or diagnoses of these conditions, as well as management plans for them, should be included by your family doctor/specialist. Please submit any/all documents that may release you from this requirement or have updated home tests performed prior to your arrival on campus and have your results ready to share with the doctor during your PPE. If Hope’s doctor feels that further testing is necessary to participate, this will be determined during the pre-participation exam.

Download the NCAA Medical Exception Documentation Report Form (PDF).

Hope College Concussion Policy.

For more information on the eligibility process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. Any additional questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Jamie Dewitt ([email protected]).