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Mitchell College Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs are comprised of injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs work under the direct supervision of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes.


Stephanie Birch
Head Athletic Trainer
Office Phone: 860-629-6144
Office Fax: 860-701-5085

Erica Rabe
Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Office Phone: 860-629-6156

Dr. Steven Wei, M.D.
Team Physician

Mitchell AT Twitter: @Mariners_ATR


Yarnall Athletic Center

Hours of Operation

Open Sunday – Saturday for games and practices, daily hours subject to change.

Games Days – ATR will be open two hours before start of game and close 30 mins after the last contest has ended.
Practice Days – ATR will be open one hour before practice begins and close 30 mins after the last practice has ended.

Important Information

Mitchell College Emergency Action Plan

Mitchell College Concussion Protocol

Student-Athlete Medical Forms

All paperwork must be submitted and approved by the athletic training staff before clearance will be given for participation in Mitchell College athletics.

Please be sure to have your doctor complete the Mitchell College athletics physical form completely. Other physical forms will not guarantee clearance.

Below is a description of each form needed in order to participate in Mitchell College athletics.

1. “Pre-Participation Medical History Form” (REQUIRED)

  •  This form provides the athletic training staff with relevant information about the student-athlete’s medical history in regards to sports.

2. “Physical Examination Form” (REQUIRED)

  • This form needs to be completed by a Board Certified Physician.
  • Student-athletes that are beginning their initial season of eligibility (first years or transfers) are required to have a physical completed within six (6) months prior to their sport’s start date.
  • PLEASE BE AWARE: Physical forms from doctor’s offices may or may not contain all of the appropriate information. It is required that student-athletes use the Mitchell College athletics form. The physician signature and office stamp ensure that the student-athlete was seen and cleared by the appropriate medical personnel.

3. “Sickle Cell Trait Test or Waiver Form” (REQUIRED)

  • The NCAA requires that all student-athletes have knowledge of their sickle cell trait status before participation in any intercollegiate athletics event, including but not limited to, strength and conditioning sessions, practices, and competitions.
  • Sickle Cell Screening:

    Option 1: Have your primary care physician look up your sickle cell trait status and then have them include a copy of your status with the physical form. Sickle cell trait is tested at birth and should have been noted in the student-athlete’s medical records.

    Option 2: If sickle cell trait was not tested at birth, or is not documented in the student-athlete’s medical records, sickle cell trait testing in the form of a sickle cell screen blood test should be done by the student-athlete’s primary care physician before arriving on campus. A copy of the test results should be included with the physical form.

    Option 3: If the student-athlete and their parent/guardian do not desire sickle cell testing, a waiver must be signed by both the student-athlete and the parent/guardian and the student-athlete must engage in mandatory education regarding sickle cell trait. The sickle cell video can be found here.

4. "Athletic Risk and Liability Waiver Form" (REQUIRED)

  • This form acknowledges the risk of injury to the student-athlete while participating in Mitchell College athletics.
  • This form also authorizes medical treatment in the event of injury or illness to the student-athlete.
  • Lastly, this form acknowledges the need for and provides information of the medical insurance for the student-athlete."

5. “Insurance Acknowledgement Agreement Form” (REQUIRED)

  • This form states that Mitchell College athletics must be notified of any changes in health insurance.
  • This form must be signed by the parent/guardian who holds the insurance, as well as the student-athlete.
  • Please maintain the top half of the page for your records and return the signed bottom half with the other forms.

6. Front and back photocopies of the student-athlete’s health insurance card (REQUIRED)

7. “ADD/ADHD Medication Exception Form” (Submitted As Needed)

  • This form is only needed if the student-athlete takes medication to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).
  • The most common medications prescribed to treat ADD/ADHD are methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine (Adderall), which are banned under the NCAA class of stimulants.
  • In order for a medical exception to be granted for the use of these stimulant medications, the student-athlete must show that they have undergone standard assessment to identify ADD/ADHD.
  • If they do not undergo a standard assessment to diagnosis ADD/ADHD, they have not met the requirements for an NCAA medical exception.

VIDEO - NCAA Concussions: Don't Hide It, Report It
VIDEO - NCAA The Student-Athlete with the Sickle Cell Trait

ATR Guidelines

The Athletic Training Room is a medical facility and a shared space for ALL Mariner Athletes. Please help us keep this a safe and welcoming space for everyone by helping with the following:

  • Let us know when an injury occurs – it takes 3x as long for healing to be completed as it does for the injury to occur:
         o Example: If you wait three days to tell us about an injury it’ll be 9 days before you’re back to 99%.
         o The sooner we know, the sooner we can get you back to feeling better.
  • Rehab is NOT punishment. Its sole purpose is to get you back to playing at your best. Make every effort to come to rehab on time and ready to work.
  • Respect privacy; be aware of your fellow athletes, always ask permission to take pictures and videos while in the ATR.
  • Please leave supplies/equipment/rehab tools in the ATR so it’s available to everyone. If you borrow something, let us know and return it in a timely manner.
  • In-Season athletes will have priority for rehab and treatment times.
  • For sanitary and safety purposes, you must shower and wear a clean “outfit” to use the whirlpool.
         o Practice gear from training that day is not a clean outfit.
  • Please wear appropriate attire for rehab/treatment – Mitchell Athletics attire preferred, but not required.
  • If an injury takes you off the field/court you need to be cleared by the Mitchell College Team Physician or a member of the Sports Med Staff prior to your return to play.
  • There are only two of us on staff. If there is a game happening we cannot do treatments/rehab appointments, please schedule these around the game schedule.
  • This is a small space, let’s do our best to keep it clutter free (bags, cleats, equipment); leave those things in the locker room when possible.
  • Lastly, no tobacco products of any kind in the facility.

Visiting Team Information

A certified athletic trainer will be available at home contests. If your team is travelling without an athletic trainer, we ask that you please notify us in advance. Teams travelling without an athletic trainer will not have access to modalities other than heat beforehand and ice afterwards. A stocked medical kit is requested for pre-game taping, as well as a note with any specific requests.

Teams will be provided with water and cups/water bottles on the bench.

An AED, splint bag, and injury ice will be located with the athletic trainer on duty.

Additional Information

Tips for Healthy Eating
NCAA Concussion Homepage
NCAA Sickle Cell Homepage
Additional Sickle Cell Trait Information
ACSM & NCAA Joint Statement on Sickle Cell Trait and Exercise
NCAA Cardiac Health Homepage
Learn about Marfan Syndrome
NCAA Banned Substances
Athlete Guide to Banned Substances