Students in the Athletic Training Program (ATP) must demonstrate protection against communicable diseases before being allowed to participate in patient care. This includes completion of a comprehensive vaccination/communicable disease record and verification that the athletic training student meets the technical standards of the ATP. The vaccination record will be kept in the athletic training student’s permanent file at the University of Lynchburg Health Center. Students must also complete yearly training in the handling of blood-borne pathogens and infectious agents as specified by the Occupational and Safety Health Administration and documented by the ATP.
The University of Lynchburg ATP wishes to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty members, preceptors, and their respective patient/athletes. In addition to prevention, MSAT students can experience communicable diseases (a disease that may be transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual to another, www.cdc.gov). Exposure to pathogens causing disease and illness occurs in daily life but may increase as a health care provider. Common transmission methods include direct contact with contaminated fluids or indirect contact such as airborne.
Examples of common communicable diseases
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Fungal Infections
- Herpes Simplex
- Diphtheria (upper respiratory infection)
- Meningococcal Infections
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Streptococcal Infection
- Herpes Zoster (shingles)
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Viral Infections (such as the norovirus)
Therefore in the event an MSAT student contracts a communicable disease that could jeopardize other students, faculty, preceptors, or patient/athletes, the student should:
- Seek immediate medical attention for formal evaluation. Also, inform the attending physician or healthcare provider that you are a student in the MSAT Program and discuss if you should be restricted from the interaction at clinical sites or with other students.
- The student should have written documentation from the attending physician or healthcare provider in regards to your ability to continue with classes and clinical education rotation or if any restrictions are required.
- The student should contact their respective preceptor or the MSAT Department Chair immediately following evaluation to discuss the ATP student’s status.
- In the event of prolonged illness from communicable disease, the MSAT student should be in contact with the MSAT Department Chair to appropriately document and remediate the situation.
- As long as an MSAT student is deemed to be contagious by a physician, that student will not be allowed to attend clinical rotations. By the student contacting the preceptor or the MSAT Department Chair promptly, appropriate remediation will be allowed to the student. In the event, there is a prolonged communicable illness and the student cannot finish the required clinical experience hours or required coursework, a grade of “I” (incomplete) will be granted and the student will be allowed to make-up the work in the following semester.
- The student will not be permitted to return to the clinical experience until he/she has been re-evaluated by a physician or healthcare provider. A signed release from a medical practitioner must be filled with the MSAT Department Chair prior to the return to their clinical education rotation.