There will only be one point of entry into the athletic training room (ATR). This will monitor traffic in and out of the ATR, ensuring screenings and temperatures readings are complete. This will also reduce the risk of someone that is symptomatic from entering the facility. It is recommended that the outside door handle be removed from the double doors of the ATR, preventing entry but not exiting. A doorbell type device will be installed at single door. This entry will always be locked, and entry is only permitted after screening and temperature readings are complete and normal. Visible signage should be present to remind all about social distancing and hand washing. A hand sanitation station will be made available prior to entry of the ATR that individuals will be instructed to use. Gloves will also be made available to S-A if desired. All individuals must enter the facility with a face mask on. They will then wait for the athletic trainer to instruct them where to go. Athletic trainers are to wear face masks or shields when in close contact with others in the ATR and especially when treating S-A.
For sanitization and disinfecting guidelines, please refer to the above section.
1. Athletic Training Room Office
The office of the ATR will have restrictions to reduce risk. Athletic trainers will social distance when possible. If social distancing is not possible, they must wear a mask. Schedules will be staggered when possible. If ATC is not working directly with a team or S-A at the time or more than one ATC is in the office, the ATC without S-As may move to physician’s office or upstairs to another office. No S-As will be permitted to enter the office of the ATR. If privacy is needed for a confidential discussion, the physician’s office is available for use.
2. Student-Athlete Scheduling Treatment/Rehabilitation/Evaluation Times
Student-athletes must schedule an appointment for any type of treatment, rehabilitation, evaluation, and taping. All S-A will be required to schedule an appointment for treatments the day before. This will be done via phone (724-805-2400) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to ensure guidelines for social gatherings and distances can be followed.
S-As are no longer permitted to just “drop-in” for taping or stretching. If rehabilitation due to a surgery/injury is required, those individuals will have precedence to scheduling the necessary appointment. Maintenance treatments of taping and modalities will be not available until vaccine is available. Student-athletes will be encouraged to wear bracing and do preventative treatment (heating pad, stretching, foam rolling) on their own in their rooms.
The number of treatments during a specific timeframe will be limited in number, depending on the type of treatment needed, availability of the athletic trainer, and social gathering limitations. The athletic training room cannot exceed 50% of full capacity and all individuals being treated are expected to be six feet apart. Once practices start, no additional treatments will be administered to anyone. This will limit overcrowding due to practices starting and the possibility of contamination of the athletic training room.
Self-service of items from the ATR is discontinued for the time being. Student-athletes needing items must seek permission from the ATC.
All S-As are expected to be on time. If S-As are late, they may be asked to leave. This is to prevent overcrowding in the athletic training room areas and fairness to those that are on time. If S-As are early, they will be directed to wait in the Carey Center lounge area or outside, social distancing must be observed at all times. No food or drinks are permitted in the athletic training room unless directed for a medical condition.
After the use of equipment and tables, sanitizing protocols will be followed before leaving the area. If using modalities, all machines, sound heads, and equipment will be properly sanitized after use. Intense cardio workouts in ATR will be used very minimally during rehabilitation due to the fact of an increase in forced air intake and exhalation during intense workouts. These cardio workouts should be done outdoors (weather permitting).
Once treatment session is over, the S-A will be mandated to leave the facility immediately. Once the S-A leaves, the athletic trainer will sanitize the area/table that was used before another S-A will be permitted to use that area/table.
Please make note that all whirlpools will NOT
be available for treatments. They are permitted to be used only in the instance of heat illness.
3. Student Workers
Student workers will be required to complete the same screening and temperature checks prior to entering ATR. They will follow the same guidelines as S-A and maintaining social distancing when setting up for events. Student workers must be masked at all times in the ATR. Hand sanitizer will be given to each student worker at the beginning of the year. They are to be responsible to ask for more when supply is depleted.