Visiting Team Information
One of the primary goals of the UMass athletic department is to provide its student-athletes the best medical care possible. That is where the UMass Sports Medicine staff comes in. The staff is made up of six full-time athletic trainers, three graduate assistant athletic trainers, two physicians, two orthopedic surgeons, one chiropractor and various participating specialists, who are all certified and licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The staff, led by Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Jeff Smith, is responsible for providing medical coverage, recognition and treatment of injuries and rehabilitation to approximately 600 student-athletes at UMass. The athletic training staff provides athletic injury care to all 21 intercollegiate athletic teams during the academic year and summer sessions.
Along with a highly skilled staff, UMass provides its student-athletes with four fully equipped athletic training rooms. The main treatment facility is in the Boyden Gymnasium, with the additional three athletic training rooms located in the Curry Hicks Cage, at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium and the William D. Mullins Center. The training rooms are available only to student-athletes, who can receive treatment before, during and after practice or athletic competition. The Boyden athletic training room is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for scheduled rehabilitation programs. These periods are by appointment only.
A major interest of the sports medicine staff is education. The professionals on staff mentor sports medicine fellows, medical residents, athletic training students, scholar interns and student assistants who are exploring the different careers that are a part of the sports medicine field. Education is provided through in-service presentations, attendance at continuing education programs and hands-on experience. Special care is taken to provide a valuable learning experience without putting the student in a situation during which he or she would not be prepared or qualified to succeed, or compromising the student-athlete's well being.