Meet the Staff
Angie Witt, ATC - Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine
Tiffany Campbell, ATC - Assistant Director of Sports Medicine
Rachael Watkins, ATC - Graduate Assistant
Jackson Lohr, ATC - Graduate Assistant
Ben Harris, ATC - Graduate Assistant
Recovery hours are 10AM-12PM each day
Telephone: (434) 592-6390
Our staff is certified by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and Licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine in order to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate athletic injuries. We strive to provide our club sports athletes with the best medical care possible to ensure peak performance during practices and competitions. We work closely with our team physicians in order to give our athletes the best chance for full and complete recovery from athletic injuries.
The athletic training department has 5 facilities for Club Sports use. The primary athletic training clinic is located behind the ice rink and is open daily for recovery, evaluations, treatments, and rehabilitation for all club sports athletes. The other facilities include the ice rink clinic, the club sports training complex clinic, the natatorium clinic, and the lacrosse clinic. These facilities are open during limited hours for practice or game days.
All incoming freshman and transfer students to Liberty University Club Sports will be required to have a physical on file with our athletic training department. The physical must be performed after June 1st but prior to the fall season at Liberty. Physicals can be done by any licensed physician prior to arrival on campus or physicals can be done on campus at student health. Physicals must be done on the Club Sports physical form that can be downloaded from this website. After completion please upload the physical form to your ATS profile or bring to campus at the beginning of the fall semester.
Download the Medical History Form here.
It is recommended that all student athletes have their own insurance policy. The insurance information will be given to the Coordinator of Athletic Training on the Club Sports Authorization form. Currently each student that attends Liberty University will have an accident policy that will cover all accidents during the year. This is an ACCIDENT policy and does not replace general medical coverage. In addition Liberty University Club Sports has an accident policy that will be used if an injury occurs during practice or competition. All insurance information will be used in the event the student athlete must see a Licensed Physician for emergency or non-emergency medical treatment. The students insurance will be the primary insurance and will be billed first. The LU student accident policy will be used as a secondary policy. Finally, the LU Club Sports policy will process the claim for payment after all other insurance policies have been exhausted. It is vital that the Athletic training staff is informed of the injury immediately to ensure all bills are paid. LU Club Sports will only file the claim if the Athletic Training staff is notified of the injury before the athlete is seen by a physician. In case of an Emergency the coach must notify the Athletic Training Coordinator within 24 hours. ALL insurance claims must be filled within 90 days.
High Incident Sports will be required to do baseline screening for concussions. These high incident teams include the following: Hockey (x5), Wrestling (Men and Women), Lacrosse, Taekwondo, Ski/Snowboarding, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Synchronized Skating, Swim, Triathlon, Cycling, Men’s Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. For any other team it will be optional and will be done if requested from the coach.
Concussions are a serious medical condition that needs to have proper care and treatment like any other injury. In order to keep a patient from further harm or damage after a concussion it is imperative that the participant communicate with the athletic trainer regarding the head injury, no matter how minor. It is also important for other teammates and coaches to spot abnormal behavior and concussive symptoms and report them to the athletic trainer immediately. Hiding concussive symptoms, or continuing to play, in lieu of a head injury may lead to serious harm, further damage to the brain, and prolong recovery time.
An athlete diagnosed with a concussion will not return to play or travel with the team until they have been cleared by a Licensed Healthcare Provider (ex. ATC and Physician).
Some Signs and Symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating - Nausea/vomiting
- Inappropriate playing behavior - Dizziness
- Decreased playing ability - Confusion
- Inability to perform daily activities - Fatigue
- Reduced attention - Light headedness
- Cognitive and memory dysfunction - Headaches
- Sleep disturbances - Irritability
- Vacant stare - Disorientation
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control - Seeing bright lights/stars
- Personality change - Feeling of being stunned
- Unsteadiness of gait - Depression
- Slurred/incoherent speech - Ringing in the ears
- Loss of consciousness
Notification of Injury/Symptoms:
Due to the serious nature of this injury and potential dangerous results of returning to activity, concussions need to be recognized and diagnosed as soon as possible. It is required that student-athletes be truthful and forthcoming about their symptoms as soon as they are present. If/when he or she is diagnosed with a concussion, the student-athlete must report symptoms each day until he or she is cleared for full activity by the Team Physician or designee.
The return to play progression is a 7-step process. At least 24 hours must pass before moving on to the next step. If symptoms return the athlete must go back a step. The steps are as follows:
1. No activity- Directly after being diagnosed with a concussion, the athlete should have total physical and mental rest. Once the student-athlete is asymptomatic at rest and concussion test scores are 95% or better than the baseline scores the athlete will progress to the next step.
2. Active Recovery – At the discretion of the Athletic Trainer or supervising Team Physician, the athlete will begin supervised recovery exercises, but will not be permitted to do these exercises outside the supervision of the Athletic Trainer or other Sports Medicine staff. This protocol is outlined below in the section entitled “Active Recovery Protocol”.
3. Light aerobic exercise- Walking, swimming, or biking while keeping heart rate below 70% of max.
4. Sport-specific exercise- Basic low impact drills associated with the athlete’s sport. (No head impact activities)
5. Non-contact training drills- Progress to more complex drills, weight training is permitted.
6. Full contact Practice- After receiving medical clearance, athlete may resume normal training activities.
7. Return to Play
*This protocol will always be followed. No Exceptions!*
Academic Policies Related to Injury/Concussion
*Implementation of these policies start June 1, 2020
A student-athlete who is sick or injured and cannot attend class should notify the athletic training staff the day of the absence. If the student-athlete does not attend class they are not allowed to attend practice. Student-athletes must communicate with the athletic training staff if they need a medical excuse note due to missing class. Student-athletes also must provide information to contact the professor(s) involved. If the athletic trainer does not clear the student-athlete they will not be allowed to participate in practice. If a student-athlete is cleared for limited practice they should check with the athletic trainer as often as asked until cleared. The student-athlete will NOT be allowed to practice without being cleared.
When a student-athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, Sarah Kelly, the Director of Academic Advancement, should be notified immediately. In the notification email the following information should be included: duration the student-athlete needs to be absent from class, the symptoms the student-athlete is suffering from most, and if they will also need to miss convocation as well as classes. The Director of Academic Advancement will email all the student-athlete’s professors regarding the concussion. The student-athlete should also be educated on the Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) and should contact the office in case they need further assistance while they recover. A student-athlete who has been diagnosed with a concussion by a healthcare professional and who has not been able to regularly attend classes or who has incomplete assignments will not be allowed to travel with their team. While the student-athlete is recovering from their concussion he/she will not be permitted to attend practices, games, or travel.
Communication between the student-athlete, professor, athletic trainer, and Director of Academic Advancement should be prioritized during the time of recovery. If attending class or convocation exacerbates symptoms, a note can be given to excuse the student-athlete. A note must be obtained in anticipation of missing convocation or within the week following the absence.
If a student-athlete is not able to return to class during the semester a medical incomplete or withdrawal will be needed. A Liberty approved physician must have a letter of documentation and approval that they are eligible for a medical incomplete or withdrawal. Angie Witt, Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine will also need to be brought this letter for approval. Meeting with the Director of Academic Advancement will then be required to discuss timeline for work completion.
Student-athletes who have surgery during the semester will be excused from class for the day of surgery as well as the following day as long as a note is turned in to their professors before the date of surgery. All other absences will be based on pain control and mobility. Student-athletes who have surgery should be in communication with the athletic training staff daily if missing any class. During recovery the student-athlete’s sole focus should be on returning to regular class attendance and completing missed assignments. Once surgical healing and academic standing permits the student-athlete may be allowed to attend team events again.
* All these situations warrant responsibility of the student-athlete to contact the athletic training staff and professors about the injury, concussion or pending surgery. Both the athletic training staff and Director of Academic Advancement will intervene as support if a specific issue arises with a student-athlete and professor.