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Athletics Medicine

Mission Statement

The Yale Athletics Medicine Department is committed to providing exemplary sports medicine care to all intercollegiate student-athletes.  Our staff is dedicated to the care, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  Our goal is to provide the student-athletes of Yale with the best healthcare possible and to provide them with the latest in sports medicine research and technology.  Consistent with this goal, we aim to offer a healthcare system that is proactive in approach, reducing risks of athletic injury for our student-athletes, provides easily accessible Athletics Medicine services that facilitate a safe return as soon as possible.

Yale Athletics Medicine will comply with the recommendations and guidelines as established by the NCAA sports medicine committee, the Ivy League, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


The Athletics Medicine Department

The Yale Athletics Medicine Department is a team of health care professionals including Team Physicians, 14 Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs), Orthopaedic Surgeons Physician Assistants (PAs) and a Nurse Coordinator .  Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of athletes/patients/clients.  Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and rehabilitation of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions.  The Yale University Athletics Medicine staff is comprised of (1) Director of Sports Medicine, (1) Head Athletic Trainer, (8) Assistant Athletic Trainers, and (4) Intern/Fellow Assistant Athletic Trainers.

The Yale Athletics Medicine Department also works with the Athletic Training Education Program at Quinnipiac University as clinical sites for their athletic training students.


General Athletic Training Room Regulations

  1. During the academic terms, Yale’s main Athletic Training Room, Martin Dwyer, Jr. Sports Medicine Center, located on the first floor of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, will be open M-F from 9a-630p.  On weekends and holidays the hours will be dependent on varsity practices and competition schedules.  No one is permitted in the Athletic Training Room when it is closed.
  2. Athletes are required to sign in every time they enter the Athletic Training Room for treatment or injury assessment.
  3. All injuries must be reported to an Athletic Trainer as soon as possible.  If your condition requires the intervention of a physician the Athletic Trainer will refer you to Athletic Medicine for an appointment with the Team Physician or specialist.
  4. In-season athletes will have priority in utilization of the Sports Medicine Facility.  Due to facility and staff considerations we ask all out of season student athletes to utilize the morning block (9a-1p) for evaluation and treatment/rehabilitation of injuries.
  5. Please do not bring any athletic equipment into the Athletic Training Room- leave all rackets, sticks, balls, cleats, etc. in the locker room or hallway.
  6. Athletes should remain dressed and wear appropriate clothing while in the Athletic Training Room.
  7. No food or drink permitted in the Athletic Training Room.
  8. If any supplies are needed (tape, band aids, medications, pre-wrap) please ask a staff member.  Do not help yourself.
  9. Do not use modalities and treat yourself.  During normal operating hours an Athletic Trainer will be present in the Athletic Training Room.
  10. Be courteous and respectful of others.  The Athletic Training Room is a shared space and profanity and offensive language will not be permitted.