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Sports Health Care

Initial assessment and care are provided by Penn State Sport Camps Sports Health Care personnel. Initial assessment and care are available during camp sessions and in the residence halls.

Sports Health Care personnel refer camp participants with urgent medical problems to University Health Services, Penn State Sports Medicine or the Emergency/Outpatient Department of Mount Nittany Medical Center. A parent or legal guardian must sign the "Medical Treatment Authorization" portion of the registration form to grant permission for any medical attention needed during the camp.


Sports Health Care personnel will not provide prophylactic taping or wrapping. If taping or wrapping is necessary for a pre-existing injury, a note from a parent/legal guardian and/or physician is required.

Medical Fees and Insurance

The University provides accident and illness medical insurance designed to respond on a "primary" basis with no deductible, as part of the program at no additional charge. This coverage provides up to $5,000 in benefits in the event a camper sustains an injury requiring treatment or hospitalization, up to $500 in dental benefits, and up to $1,000 in benefits for illness, after which the family's medical insurance must be used. The insurance provided will cover only an injury or illness resulting from activity which occurred while the camper was participating in Sport Camps activities at Penn State. Parents/Legal guardians will be responsible for medical bills for a camper with a pre-existing medical condition or illness.


If at all possible, medication should be administered at home. Medications will be allowed at Sport Camps only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of a child and he/she would not be able to attend the Sport Camp if the medicine were not made available. Also, it is NOT permissible for a participant to share any medications with any other participants.

Penn State Sport Camps Sports Health Care personnel may monitor the self-administration of over-the-counter medications (e.g., ibuprofen or Tylenol) supplied by the parent(s)/guardian(s) per package instructions. Sports Health Care staff may monitor the self-administration of medications, if necessary upon written consent of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and/or physician's orders for medical emergencies. Penn State Sport Camps requires your consent for the Sports Health Care staff to assist in the administration of medication to your child, if necessary.

Furthermore, Penn State Sport Camps staff will NOT purchase medications of any type (prescription or over-the-counter) for camp participants of any age. The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of camp participants are required to disclose their intention to bring medications to Sport Camps, especially to treat potentially life-threatening conditions (i.e. inhalers, EPI-pens, insulin injections) by completing the Medication Treatment Authorization Form.

Upon arrival to University Park campus, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) should plan to submit the completed Daily Medication Log Form to Sports Health Care personnel and meet with a member of the Sports Health Care staff at registration to review medication issues for a camp participant. For identification purposes, a current picture of the child is to be provided upon registration.


All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must be stored in the original product packaging and clearly labeled with the participant's name. Prescription medication(s) must also include a label with the medication's name and dosage instructions, as well as the prescribing physician's name and telephone number.

It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to be sure that the participant's medications brought to Sport Camps are not left behind at the end of the program. Failure to do so will result in the medications being destroyed within three working days after the participant's last day at the program. Absolutely no medications will be returned via mail regardless of circumstance.

Head Injury

Penn State Sport Camps staff will manage head injuries, including suspected concussions, conservatively using the `ABC' (A-Assess the situation, B-Be alert for signs and symptoms, C-Contact a health care professional) recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes immediate removal of a camp participant from play upon sustaining a head injury and using appropriate field clinical techniques to screen a camp participant for typical signs and symptoms associated with a concussion. Upon presenting with any associated signs and symptoms of a concussion, a camp participant will be referred to a physician at University Health Services, Penn State Sports Medicine or the Emergency/Outpatient Department of Mount Nittany Medical Center for advanced assessment, treatment and return-to-play decisions.

Penn State Sports Camps adheres to the notion that a licensed physician with training in managing traumatic brain injury will make the final recommendations and decision regarding returning a camp participant to play after a head injury with suspected concussion.

Penn State Sport Camps advocates that parents/legal guardians, coaches/administrators and camp participants alike review the CDC `Heads Up' concussion training online tutorial at BEFORE attending related events on campus. Sport Camps also mandates that parents/legal guardians, coaches/administrators and camp participants review the corresponding `Heads Up' fact sheet for parents, coaches and athletes (camp participants) respectively.

Heads Up Fact Sheets
• For Parents: Click Here
• For Coaches: Click Here
• For Athletes: Click Here

Accordingly, endorsing the Sport Camps medical treatment authorization form affirms that parents/legal guardians and/or coaches/administrators have reviewed the `Heads Up' fact sheet for athletes with camp participants BEFORE attending related events on campus.


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