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Sports Medicine Team

Butler student-athletes have access to a comprehensive sports medicine program that focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Under the supervision of head athletic trainer Ryan Galloy, Butler's student-athletes are served by an extensive team of physicians, health care professionals and certified athletic trainers.

The Bulldogs' training room is located on the west end of Hinkle Fieldhouse, between the men's and women's basketball coaches' offices. Renovation in the summer of 1998 effectively tripled the usable area devoted to promoting the welfare of Butler's student-athletes. The training room is divided into four areas: rehabilitation and injury management, athlete preparation, administration and storage and is fully equipped to provide for thorough rehabilitation.

Butler's Sports Medicine staff, which includes Galloy, associate athletic trainers Penny Goldberg and Meghan Partenheimer and assistant athletic trainers Brian Cramer, Chris Tinkey and Amy Morton, provides care for Butler student-athletes in the areas of injury prevention, nutrition and various wellness issues.

Butler's sports medicine program utilizes the extensive medical community in Indianapolis, which boasts one of the largest and most knowledgeable groups of sports medicine professionals in the nation. Butler student-athletes have access in Indianapolis to world-renowned medical facilities, as well as many of the leading physicians in the world of sports medicine.

The members of the clinical staff are all NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). The full-time employees of Butler University are responsible for the health of their specific sports and hold additional certifications by the American Red Cross and the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Butler University Sports Medicine specializes in injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services and athlete education to every student-athlete. The Butler University Sports Medicine Program is committed to being a leader in sports medicine services.

Butler University Sports Medicine Program delivers traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes at Butler University. The services to be delivered can be broken down into five domains:

  1. Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  2. Recognition, Evaluation, and Immediate Care of Athletic Injuries
  3. Rehabilitation and Reconditioning of Athletic Injuries
  4. Health Care Administration
  5. Professional Development and Responsibility

We are committed to using technology available in the delivery of these services. We will remain committed to education, clinical skill development, and equipment used in the delivery of sports medicine services so that our student-athletes will be assured of the most modern care available in the country.

The purpose of the Butler University Sports Medicine Program is four-fold:

  1. Allow easy access to sports medicine services to each student-athlete.
  2. Substantially reduce the risk of athletic injury for those student-athletes in our care.
  3. Enable injured student-athletes to return to their sports as soon as is medically safe.
  4. Encourage a philosophy of sport that stresses health and wellness.

The underlying philosophy for the sports medicine program is that the needs of the student-athlete shall always be the first consideration for all members of the sports medicine staff. We are committed to ongoing evaluation of our sports medicine program so that our student-athlete can be assured of the highest quality in sports medicine care. Furthermore, we are committed to addressing problems and concerns in a timely manner so that the needs of our student-athletes can continue to be met.

Visiting Team Information
On behalf of Butler University & the Sports Medicine Staff we would like to welcome you to Indianapolis for the upcoming athletic events. The athletic training room is located in Hinkle Fieldhouse just inside Gate 1. The following is a list of contacts that may be useful during your stay in Indianapolis:

Before you begin your trip to Butler University and the Indianapolis area, please view the following information to help make your trip easier and more successful. Butler University Sports Medicine Services:

The following services will be provided for your team while you stay in Indianapolis:

  • A certified athletic trainer will be on site for every event and a team physician will be either on site, or on call. You can have full access to the athletic training room for taping and treatment needs.
The following supplies will be provided:
  • Water and Cups
  • Hydrocollator
  • Injury/treatment ice and bags, flexiwrap
  • OSHA regulated first aid supplies
  • Emergency supplies: AED, splints, crutches, spineboard, etc
The sport medicine staff asks that if you are going to be traveling without a certified athletic trainer or a non-certified athletic trainer that you notify us in advance by calling 317-940-9948. If treatments are needed and you will be traveling without a certified athletic trainer, please provide a note of each treatment(s) so we may fully accommodate your team in a timely manner.

  • Campus Police
    (317) 940-9396
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Butler University Health Center
    Temporary Health Center Hours - Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Health Center is located on the southeast corner of Sunset Ave. and Hampton Dr. across from Ross Hall. The Counseling Center is also housed at that location
  • St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
    2001 West 86th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260
    (317) 338-2345

  • CVS
    119 W. 56th St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    Pharmacy Phone (317) 251-9518
    Mon-Fri., 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Located on the Southeast corner of 56th and Illinois St.
  • CVS
    111 WEST 38th St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    Front Store Phone: (317) 925-9445
    Pharmacy Phone: (317) 925-9445
    Front Store Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Sports Medicine Services Policy Manual
    Table of Contents
  1. Medical Certification of Student Athletes
    Pre-season physical exams, returning athlete physical updates, walk-on student athlete physical exams and transfer student athletes physical exams.
  2. Athletic Injury Procedures
    Injury treatments/rehabilitation, practice/competition limitations, physician referrals/consultation, insurance coverage.
  3. Dental/Vision policies and procedures
  4. Insurance Coverage
  5. Health & Wellness Policy and Procedures
  6. Athletic Training Room Rules and Procedures
  1. Medical Certification of Student Athletes

    1. A. Freshmen and Transfer Student-Athletes

      Butler University Sports Medicine (BUSM) requires all freshmen and transfer student athletes to go through a pre-participation physical examination prior to participating in organized practice or competition. Every athlete must have their physical examination on file in the athletic training room and at Butler Student Health Center. This physical examination is arranged by BUSM and conducted on campus by Butler University Team Physicians in Hinkle Fieldhouse. It is very comprehensive and will identify existing medical problems which might hinder athletic performance/physical health. You must go through this physical exam. A physical from any other physician is not allowed as a replacement for the one conducted by BU Team Physicians. The following are mandated by the athletic department, team physicians and student health center and will be filled out prior to your physical exam:

      1. Medical History Questionnaire (form provided by sports medicine staff)
      2. Tetanus Booster or proof of tetanus booster within the last five years (turned into Butler Health Center)
      3. If the athlete has had any surgery or medical condition that can potentially affect their performance, the athlete is required to attach copies of their surgical procedure or medical condition to their physical paperwork.
      4. Insurance Information Sheet (sent to student each summer): Insurance form MUST be COMPLETELY filled out and a copy of the athlete's insurance card is also preferably attached to the insurance form. All athletes will not be allowed to participate in athletics (not even try out) until this form is turned in to the sports medicine staff. Athletes should remain covered by their own primary medical insurance for the duration of their athletic participation. It is a Butler University policy that all students must have their own primary insurance. (See Insurance Coverage below)
      5. Athletes WILL NOT be allowed to participate in athletic competition if their physical packets are incomplete in any manner. Common mistakes include: failure to provide complete insurance paperwork and failure to fully complete medical form.

      Finally, Butler University requires that ALL students (athletes and non-athletes) have their immunization records on file at Butler Student Health Center. Students are not allowed to register for classes until Butler Student Health Center receives this information. Upon successful completion of the pre-participation exam the student athlete will be given clearance to practice and participate in all sport related activity including practices, competitions and strength and conditioning sessions. Student athletes will not be permitted to participate if the pre-participation physical is not completed.

      Student athletes will be notified by medical personnel if the pre-participation examination is not successfully completed. All costs associated with any tests or medical procedures necessary to complete medical certification will be the responsibility of the student/parent.

    2. Returning Athlete Physical Updates

      All returning student athletes are required to complete a medical health update form prior to the beginning of their respective season. Failure to complete this form and consult with a member of the BUSM staff will result in athlete being ineligible to participate in his/her sport. If a new medical condition or injury is listed by the student-athlete on this form, the appropriate arrangements will be made with BUSM Team Physicians to examine the athlete and determine if any course of treatment is needed and whether or not the athlete is medically cleared for participation in their sport.

    3. Walk-on/Tryout Student Athlete Physical Exams

      Walk-on student athletes are required to complete a medical history questionnaire and secure a copy of his/her entry physical required for admission to the University. Generally, if this has not been completed., these tests are performed at the Butler Student Health Center when athletes first arrive on campus in August Absence of the completed physical form will require the walk on to complete, at his/her own expense, a physical examination by a licensed physician. In addition, the Butler University medical history questionnaire must be completed along with a parent insurance information form. All costs associated with any tests or medical procedures necessary to complete medical certification will be the responsibility of the student/parent. If you choose to have your physical examination done at home, please return the ENTIRE attached physical exam paperwork and proof of insurance to the appropriate address:

        Butler University Sports Medicine Hinkle Fieldhouse 510 W. 49th St. Indianapolis, IN 46208

      We highly recommend that you take your physical early for your convenience. Many health plans or medical insurance plans will cover the cost of the physical examination. The Athletic Department cannot pay for any physical examination that is not performed at freshman check-in. If the walk-on makes the team, then they are required to go through the same physical exam as a freshman or transfer athlete. This again will be conducted by BUSM Team Physicians.

  2. Athletic Injury Procedures

    All athletic injuries should be reported to a member of the BUSM staff as soon as possible after the onset of injury. Failure to promptly report injuries may delay return to activity.

    1. Injury Treatments/Rehabilitation

      Student athletes may be required to undergo specific treatment in the athletic training facility in the event of injury. All treatments and rehabilitation will be directed by a certified athletic trainer with periodic consultation with team physicians. Athletes are expected to schedule treatments/rehabilitation around their class schedules and to pay close attention to the operating hours (8am-6pm) of the athletic training facility.

    2. Practice/Competition limitations

      All decisions regarding practice and competition participation will be made jointly by the athletic trainers in conjunction with periodic physician consultations. It is the policy of BUSM to avoid putting athletes into situations that are unsafe in relation to their injury. Priority is placed on student athlete safety. Daily communication between the athletic trainers, coaches and athletes is necessary to make appropriate decisions regarding athletic participation. Final decisions are made by BUSM staff.

    3. Physician Referrals/Consultation

      Physician visits are a necessary component of the Butler University athlete healthcare system. Decisions regarding physician visits are made by the athletic trainer. An appointment will be scheduled by one of the athletic trainers if physician consultation is deemed necessary. Every effort is made to schedule appointments around class schedules. Transportation to appointments may be either by athletic training staff or athletes' personal vehicle. A limited number of physician consultations may be made in the athletic training room.

        Missed doctor's appointments
        An athlete missing a scheduled doctor's appointment will be required to reschedule the appointment at their own convenience.

        Second Opinions
        Athletes are welcome to get second opinions regarding medical issues. A member of the BUSM staff must be informed of all appointments concerning second opinions. Insurance coverage may be denied if BUSM has not been notified.

        Prescription Medication Policy
        Prescriptions may be written by team physicians to athletes on a medically necessary basis. Athletes will need to purchase these prescriptions on their own and submit receipts to the athletic training room for reimbursement. Athletes will not be reimbursed for medication that is for the treatment of non-athletic related injuries. Butler University Athletic Trainers will not distribute any prescription medications without authorization of BUSM Team Physicians.

        Over the Counter Medication Policy
        It is the policy of Butler University Sports Medicine to dispense over the counter medications as indicated by standing orders from our supervising Team Physicians to Butler University student-athletes and athletic department staff. Over the counter medication (Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen, cough suppressant, and decongestant) will be stocked and distributed by a member of the athletic training staff to athletes as needed. Over the counter medications are stored in a common key access cabinet in the athletic training facility.

  3. Dental/Vision policies and procedures

    Dental or eye injuries resulting from participation in intercollegiate athletics at Butler University are covered under the athletic department secondary insurance policy. Appropriate arrangements will be made with dentists or opthalmologists as needed. Check-ups for the eyes or dental work is to be paid for by the athlete. Spare contact lenses should be given to the athletic training staff if the student athlete uses them or in the event contacts are lost during competition.

  4. Insurance Coverage

    Secondary insurance coverage is provided by the Butler University Athletic Department for all athletes. This policy covers any injury occurring while participating in any organized (supervised by coaches) game, practice or conditioning session. This is a secondary policy paying expenses remaining after the athletes primary insurance completes payment of a claim. It is the policy of Butler University that each student must have their own primary insurance. If a student does not have their own primary insurance, the Butler Health Center has a low cost basic coverage option available for purchase through United Health Care. The Butler Health Center number is (317) 940-9385. This insurance will cover non-athletically related condtions not covered by our athletic department's secondary insurance policy. Examples of non-coverable expenses would include illnesses, pre-existing injuries, and injuries occurring outside of a Butler University Athletics organized activity.

    If you have any questions concerning your athletic paperwork, please feel free to call Jason Vereb (317-940-8381).

    Insurance forms can be downloaded below.

    Butler University Secondary Insurance-Athlete Responsibility (PDF)
    Insurance Form 2008-09 (PDF)
    Accident/Injury Claim Form 2008-09 (PDF)
    Butler University Sports Medicine Release of Information (PDF)

  5. Health & Wellness Policy and Procedures

    1. Eating Disorders

      The athletic training staff is trained to address the initial stages of eating disorders. Access to the Butler University Health and Counseling center is available should further psychological intervention be deemed necessary by Team Physicians. Additionally, other local eating disorder specialists are available within Indianapolis. Complete confidentiality is maintained in these circumstances.

    2. Substance Abuse

      All sports will participate in the NCAA year round drug testing program as well as Butler University's own institutional drug testing each semester. Resources are available through the athletic training staff to address those circumstances that may arise in the event of an athlete being identified as having a substance abuse problem. Butler University and the NCAA both utilize the National Center for Drug Free Sport to facilitate their drug testing programs. More information can be obtained regarding drug testing and general questions at Other resources include the Butler University Health and Counseling Center and other Indianapolis area facilities. Complete confidentiality is maintained in these circumstances.

      List of NCAA Banned Drug Classes

    3. Supplements

      Butler University does not condone the use of ergogenic aids, creatine powder, amino acids, etc.

      1. Supplements do not undergo the same quality controls as do medication and they are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Supplements are considered food supplements and do not require the same strict control as medications.
      2. The claims made by each product are not based on scientific evidence in most products don't rely on scientific research to substantiate their claims.
      3. The potential adverse and harmful effects of these substances have not been studied, but serious adverse effects have been reported in some instances.
      4. These substances are sometimes mislabeled. There have been instances of substances which are not listed on the label being contained in the product. It is truly a "buyer beware" market. It is important for you to remember that you are held responsible for each and every substance that enters your body!

  6. Athletic Training Room Rules and Procedures

    The athletic training room is a medical facility and should be treated as such.

    Training room rules:

    1. Use appropriate language.
    2. No food or cell phones.
    3. Proper attire; shirt and shoes required.
    4. Shower prior to all treatments.
    5. No shoes on tables. All equipment must be kept outside.
    6. Be on time for scheduled treatments. In season sports take precedence over sports in "non-traditional" seasons.
    7. Acutely injured athletes take precedence over all others.