Athletic Training Room & Medical Policies
For the purpose of this medical policy, a scholarship athlete shall be defined as
one who receives a minimum amount of financial aid equal to in-state tuition
from the Athletic Department.
The Director of Athletics, after consultation with the head trainer will select
the team physician and orthopedic surgeon and will approve all physicians
included on a referral list for student-athletes.
The team physician gives medical examinations to all student-athletes before
practice starts and before any equipment is issued. No student may participate
in athletics without examination and approval of the team physician. The
Compliance Office will furnish the trainer with the names of student-athletes
who have been certified academically eligible.
The team physician may delegate other doctors, approved by the Director of
Athletics, to assist or act in his or her stead. However, the team physician must be
informed of any serious injuries, and has the final authority in regard to treatment.
If the University is to assume any financial responsibility, student-athletes may
use other medical consultation only upon the referral of the team physician or
the athletic trainer.
Any student-athlete who takes it upon himself/herself to be treated by other
medical sources without specific authorization from the team physician or trainer
does so at his or her own expense.
The team physician will determine the physical capability of an injured or ill
student-athlete to participate in athletic practice or competition. The trainer and
other medical consultation may assist the team physician when circumstances
In the absence of the team physician, the trainer (not the coach) will determine
the availability of an injured student-athlete for practice or competition.
Student-athletes receiving bills for authorized visits to a physician or hospital
are to deliver them without delay to the trainer, who submits them to the
Associate Athletic Director for Finance for payment.
The Athletic Business Office will process payment for authorized prescriptions
approved by the team physicians; such prescriptions will be delivered to the
training room and may be obtained there.
All arrangements for the care of injuries are to be made and taken care of
before the student-athlete withdraws from the University or graduates. THE
UNIVERSITY WILL NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY AFTER A STUDENT-
ATHLETE HAS TERMINATED HIS OR HER STUDENT AFFILIATION
WITH THE UNIVERSITY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY PROVEN TO BE
ATHLETICALLY RELATED AT THE TIME OF THE EXIT PHYSICAL.
If for any reason other than injury an athlete leaves a team, the Athletic
Department will deny all medical coverage for that athlete.
Coaches will contact the weight room, training room and the equipment room
immediately upon a student-athlete's leaving a team.
The student athlete?s personal dental insurance will be the primary provider in
all dental injuries. The Athletic Department, along with the athlete?s personal
insurance, will assist in payment of bills in the case of dental damage done to
sound teeth while in practice or games only. The Athletic Department cannot
pay for non-athletic related damage to teeth.
CONTACT LENSES & GLASSES
To qualify for new contact lenses, the student-athlete must receive an athletic
scholarship equivalent of in-state tuition. Replacement for contact lenses will
be provided in the event that a lens is lost during a practice or game if reported
immediately. All other losses will be the responsibility of the individual.
The student-athlete wishing to participate in experimental tests MUST first file
the following with the Director of Athletics:
Written approval from the Human Testing Committee of the University
Written approval from his or her head coach; and
Written approval from the athletic medical staff.
The Athletic Department will not be responsible for payment of medical attention
for student-athletes due to the following reasons:
Injuries incurred from some activity other than one supervised by University
coaches during regularly scheduled practice sessions or games;
Not having written clearance for outside consultation (where practical) from
the team physician;
Required surgery where an athletic injury (received as an athlete at this
University) is not direct cause, such as an appendectomy;
Injuries or Illness incurred during the off-season;
Failure to report an injury during the in-season period, with the exception
of delayed awareness.
In-season periods are to be interpreted as the specific date established for the
beginning of practice, as set by the NCAA; and the termination to be interpreted
as the last scheduled game during the regular playing season. This in-season
period would be extended in the event a team qualified for any NCAA recognized
post-season contest or championship, and would terminate at its conclusion.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
The Athletic Department encourages student-athletes to use the Student Health
Services in the off-season on the same basis as non-athletes.
The use of drugs or narcotics not prescribed by a physician is prohibited and
violation of this policy will subject the individual to appropriate disciplinary
action by the Athletic Department.
The Athletic Department carries an ?excess? medical policy to cover any
expenses that the parents' policy does not cover. Features of this policy are:
Payment is made for these excess charges that the student-athlete?s personal
insurance (usually through the parent?s policy) does not pay.
Only injuries relating to Athletic Department sports participation (e.g., sponsored
team practices and competitive events) are covered. Medical expenses
resulting from non-athletic participation are the exclusive responsibility of
Insured services must be referred by our team physician or Training Room
initiated by the Student-athlete.
Dental coverage is limited to natural teeth damaged during practice or competition.
Damage to contact lenses or corrective eyeglasses is not insured.
It is important for parents (who are enrolled in some type of HMO program) to
know that this is not an insurance policy that will cover the student-athlete
while he or she is away from home at school. Because of the risk of injury, we
ask all student-athletes to provide us with insurance information before being
allowed to participate in UNM athletics.
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
The Student Health Center (SHC) assists students in maintaining optimal
health. The SHC is funded in part by student activity fees. One hundred percent
of the SHC's budget is used to deliver quality health care to students. All
staff members are New Mexico licensed, registered, and/or certified depending
on their expertise and service areas.
ELIGIBILITY & COST
The Student Health Center is available to all currently-enrolled UNM students.
SHC fees are much lower than community rates. Students enrolled for less
than six credit hours will pay a higher visit fee. Eligibility guidelines change in
the summer; please call for clarification. Payment can be made by check, cash,
debit card, MasterCard, Visa, or by charging to a student account.
Students are not required to have health insurance to be seen at the SHC.
However, the SHC recommends that students have insurance to help defray
healthcare costs. The SHC is an approved provider for Presbyterian and
Cimarron Health plans. Students enrolled in HMO plans can check with the
SHC Insurance Specialist about choosing the SHC as their primary care
A student-chosen health and accident insurance policy is available to students
enrolled for six or more hours per semester. The plan provides for hospital,
surgical, and outpatient medical care beyond that provided by the SHC. The
policy is geared to the needs of UNM students and provides coverage for a
semester or a 12-month period regardless of geographic location. Dependent
and spouse coverage is also available. The plan offers optional dental coverage.
The SHC Insurance Specialist can assist students with insurance claims
and other insurance issues.
UNM requires all International Students and their dependents to have health
coverage while enrolled. The UNM insurance policy will meet this requirement.
The SHC is a one-stop health service with six physicians who are board certified
in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Appointments can be made for
routine physical exams, ongoing care of existing conditions, referrals to specialists,
and for travel, nutrition, or contraception information.
The Women's Health Clinic offers a full spectrum of services: annual exams,
birth control and family planning, emergency contraception, screening for
infection, and pregnancy testing and referral. Appointments are required.
The SHC encourages male students of all ages to schedule an appointment for
the Men's Health Maintenance Program. This complete physical check-up is
geared specifically towards men?s health needs.
A primary care provider may determine that a student needs to see a specialist.
Specialty services include: allergy, dermatology, gynecology, internal medicine,
orthopedics, podiatry, psychiatry, and surgery.
ALLERGY & IMMUNIZATION
The Allergy & Immunization Clinic offers preventive immunizations, allergy
injections, allergy consultation, world travel immunizations and information,
pulmonary function testing, and skin testing. Documentation of measles immunity
is required for admission to UNM; the A & I Clinic offers MMR
With a medical referral, a physical therapist evaluates and treats orthopedic
problems and sports injuries.
COUNSELING & THERAPY SERVICES (CATS)
(SHC, 1st floor; 277-4537 - Information/Appointments)
Counseling and Therapy Services (CATS) is staffed by licensed professionals.
Services include: short-term therapy, crisis intervention, emergency service for
life-threatening situations, medication evaluations, and assessment and referral.
(SHC, Rm 206; 277-6306 - Prescription Refills & Transfer)
Licensed pharmacists fill prescriptions for UNM students, faculty, and staff.
Prescriptions from any licensed practitioner can be dispensed. The pharmacy is
a prescription provider for Presbyterian Health Plan, Cimarron, PCS Health
Systems (Blue Cross, Blue Shield), Express Scripts, CareMark, and UNM
Student Health Insurance. An insurance card must be shown at the time of service.
Refill Service: Call 24 hrs ahead or e-mail email@example.com.
LABORATORY & X-RAY
The Student Health Center is supported by a clinical laboratory and an X-ray
unit which are dedicated to meeting a student?s diagnostic needs.
All patient information is held in strict confidence. A confidential medical
record is established and maintained for every patient. Records will be released
only at a student?s signed, written request. Electronic mail will not be used to
transmit clinical information between patient and provider.
(SHC, Rm 242; 277-3432)
Members make recommendations to
SHC administration regarding SHC policies.
The Committee consists of students,
student government representatives,
faculty, and staff.
HEALTH EDUCATION & PREVENTION
CAMPUS OFFICE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
COSAP/CASAA (Mesa Vista Hall, Room 3059; 277-2795)
COSAP coordinates and develops substance abuse prevention and training programs
for the campus community and existing community services. COSAP
also develops and reviews campus policies related to alcohol, tobacco, and
other drug abuse.
MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES
(SHC Wellness Center, Mesa Vista, Room 3060; 277-3136)
Massage services are available for students, staff, and faculty. All therapists are
licensed, independent contractors.
(SHC, Room 114; 277-3136)
A dietitian provides individual sessions in diet and nutrition. Weight management
or special diets for health and fitness can be designed. Call for an
PEER HEALTH PROGRAMS - PEER CONSULTANTS
(SHC, Room 203; 277-3722)
Student consultants interact one-on-one with peers who are ready to adopt positive,
healthy lifestyles. Students pay a $10 fee per semester.
PEER HEALTH PROGRAMS - PEER EDUCATORS
(SHC, Room 226; 277-7947)
Student peer educators offer programs on sexuality, nutrition, fitness, stress
management, and other topics. Group presentations are offered. Credit hours
are available for UNM students.
SUBSTANCE USE EDUCATION
(Student Health Center)
Free, individual education sessions are available for students who are experiencing
(or who are affected by) substance use or abuse. Smoking Cessation:
Call 277-7947. Alcohol/other substances: Call 277-3136.
Monday - Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Closed 8 to 9 a.m.
CLOSED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .University Holidays
SHC PHONE NUMBERS
Information & Medical Appointments . . .277-3136
Counseling & Therapy Services . . . . . . . .277-4537
Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277-6306
TTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277-7926
SHC LOCATION & PARKING
The SHC is on main campus north of Johnson Center and across the mall from
(east of) the Student Union Building. Limited patient parking is available
behind the SHC. Students can obtain parking permits from the Reception Area
or the Pharmacy.
HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WITH AN EATING DISORDER
What is an eating disorder?
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by restricted eating and refusal to maintain
normal body weight; persistent fear of being fat; feeling fat when one is not;
absent or erratic menstrual cycles in females.
Bulimia nervosa occurs when there are recurrent episodes of binge eating and a
feeling of lack of control over eating; regular use of self-induced vomiting, laxatives,
diuretics, fasting, or exercise to prevent weight gain; persistent overconcern
Eating disorders are often associated with high achievement orientation and
perfectionism, a need for control, poor self-esteem, and feelings of shame. The
person, female or male may become depressed or suicidal. The causes are still
unclear, but are probably complex and multiple including psychological, biological,
and social factors. Without treatment, eating disorders can become
chronic and progressive and may threaten life and health.
What can I do?
If you and others have observed behavior in your friend, teammate, or roommate
that are suggestive of an eating disorder, you are in a position to help.
Make a plan to approach the person in a private place when there is no
immediate stress and time to talk.
Present in a caring but straightforward way what you have observed and
what your concerns are. Tell her or him that you are worried and want to
help. (Friends who are too angry with the person to talk supportively should
not be part of this discussion.)
Give the person time to talk and encourage them to verbalize feelings. Ask
clarifying questions. Listen carefully; accept what is said in a nonjudgmental
Do not argue about whether there is or is not a problem. Power struggles are
not helpful. Perhaps you can say, ?I hear what you are saying and I hope you
are right that this is not a problem. But I am still worried about what I have
seen and heard, and that is not going to go away.
Provide information about resources for treatment. Offer to go with the person
and wait while they have their first appointment with the nutritionist on
staff in the UNM Athletic Department, a counselor, or a physician. Ask them
to consider going for one appointment before they make a decision about
If you are concerned that the eating disorder is severe or life-threatening,
enlist the help of a counseling center staff member, a relative, a friend, roommate
and/or a health practitioner from south campus training facility or student
health center for the person before you intervene. The specific health
practitioner from the south campus training facility you should contact is Dr.
Ann Gateley. She can be reached at 925-5540 or by calling Lee Argubright at
925-5530 or Kym Salas at 925-5540. Present a united and supportive front
If the person denies the problem, becomes angry, or refuses treatment, understand
that this is often part of the illness. Besides, they have the right to
refuse treatment (unless their life is in danger). You may feel helpless, angry
and frustrated with them. You might say, ?I know you can refuse to go for
help but that will not stop me from worrying about you or caring about you.
I may bring this up again to you later, and maybe we can talk more about it
then. Follow through on that and on any other promise you make.
Do not try to be a hero or a rescuer; you will probably be resented. If you do
the best you can to help on several occasions and the person does not accept,
STOP. Remind yourself you have done all that is reasonable to do. Eating
disorders are stubborn problems, and treatment is most effective when the
person is truly ready for it. You may have planted a seed that helps them
Eating disorders are usually not emergency situations. But if the person is
suicidal or otherwise in serious danger, GET PROFESSIONAL HELP