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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: 860-701-3522

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

Click here to download the Mitchell College Athlete Packet. A completed packet is required in order to participate in NCAA Athletics.
Click here to download the Mitchell College Athletics Physical Form.

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

The following is a description of each section of the packet:

1. Demographics and Emergency Contact Information (REQUIRED)

• This form provides the athletic training staff with your personal details as well as the details for your emergency contacts.

2. 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.
• Provide front and back photocopies of the student-athlete’s health insurance card

3. 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.

4. Drug Testing Consent (REQUIRED)

• This form provides students with the acknowledgement that they may be drug tested under the NCAA banned substance policy.

5. Medication Information (REQUIRED)

• This form states that the athlete must notify the Sports Medicine Department of any over-the-counter or prescribed medications the athlete may be taking.
• This includes stimulants that treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
• This will allow the Athletic Training Staff to be aware of any potential side effects that may impact performance or any medication interaction that can be harmful.

6. 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.


• This form provides consent to Mitchell College Athletics to disclose medical information among the necessary parties including Doctors, Athletic Trainers, Consulting Physicians and other Health Care Professionals.
• This information includes past medical history, diagnoses and prognoses of current injuries and illness.
• This form assists the Athletic Training Staff and Team Physician to properly evaluate and treat injury and illness.

8. Concussion Information and Testing (REQUIRED)

• This form provides general information on concussions and the concussion testing program Mitchell College uses to help assess head injuries.

XLNTbrain Baseline Concussion Testing

At Mitchell College we require ALL incoming Freshman and Transfer Student-Athletes to take a Concussion Baseline Exam. For this exam we use the XLNTbrain Baseline.

The XLNTbrain Baseline Test takes approximately 35 minutes and is important for your healthcare provider to use as a baseline to compare for your recovery. It is important for you to take the test seriously and be in an environment free of distractions as you test. If you perform poorly on the test, you may be asked to repeat the test under supervision.

Please look for an email from your respective coach with further instructions on how to take the XLNTbrain Baseline test. It can be done at home on your personal computer or tablet. If you have any questions, or need assistance in accessing the XLNTbrain website please email Steph or Erica and they will be able to assist.

9. 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.


• 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.


• This form needs to be completed by a Board Certified Physician.
• Required to attend Mitchell College

Athletic Training Room Policies

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! Healing is a process. The sooner we can help facilitate healing, the quicker we can get you back on the field.
• Rehab gets you back to 100%. Make every effort to come to rehab appointments ready to work and on time.
• Respect your fellow athlete’s privacy: 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 all athletes. If you borrow something, please 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. Practice gear from training is NOT a clean outfit.
• If an injury takes you off the field/out of practice you MUST be cleared by the Mitchell College Team Physician or a member of the Sports Med Staff prior to your return to play.
• Please wear appropriate attire for rehab/treatment. Mitchell Athletics attire preferred but not required.
• If there is a game happening we cannot do treatment/rehab appointments. Please schedule these around the game schedule.
• This is a small space, let’s do our best to keep it clutter free. Please utilize the cubbies by the front door for bags, shoes, gear, etc.
• 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 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