Sports Medicine

The Sport Clubs Sports Medicine staff consists of three certified athletic trainers who provide health care to club athletes, including event coverage, injury management, and rehabilitation services. Athletic trainers can be found on the sidelines of most home events, in the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center, and in the AT/PT Clinic at Campus Health Services. ATs specialize in injury prevention, orthopedic evaluation and diagnosis, acute injury care, rehabilitation, and referral services.

Sports Medicine Services

If you are injured over the weekend…

…and need to be seen by a health care provider for a quick diagnosis, treatment plan, or referral for imaging, make an appointment to be seen in our Monday afternoon injury clinic. Monday’s injury clinic is in the AT/PT clinic in Campus Health Services, giving us quick access to our Sports Medicine physicians if needed. These appointments are approximately 15 minutes long.

  • Monday: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 966-6548, identify yourself as a Sport Club athlete and ask to be seen in the injury clinic.

If you sustain a new injury during the week or have a chronic injury…

…(chronic injuries involve pain/symptoms for longer than 1 week), make an appointment to be seen in the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center for evaluation, injury management, rehabilitation, and referral if necessary. These appointments are 30-60 minutes long and are more comprehensive, allowing us to begin treatment and rehabilitation exercises in your first session. Appointments are available during the following days and times:

  • Monday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 4 :30pm

To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 966-6548, identify yourself as a Sport Club athlete and ask to be seen by an athletic trainer for an initial clinic appointment.

If you are acutely injured and are in need of immediate assistance…

…(you need first aid, you cannot walk and need crutches, you are in too much pain to make a future appointment, etc), you can report to the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center for Walk-In Urgent Care and Triage. Athletic trainers at the front desk will provide injury management instructions and referral if necessary during the following times:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 11:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

No appointment is necessary for triage services, as they are intended for urgent care only.

Sports Medicine Staff

Emma Spisak, MS, ATC: Head Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs | spisak@unc.edu

Emma Young, ATC: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs

Zoe Quirk-Royal, ATC: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs

Return to Play Clearance and Medical Disqualification Policy

It is the policy of the Sports Medicine Section of Campus Health and Sport Clubs, as housed under Campus Recreation, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that all return to play decisions will be finalized by the UNC Sports Medicine staff. Primarily, the return to play decision will be made by the UNC Sports Medicine Health Care Team, including but not limited to: a primary care Sports Medicine Physician, Staff Athletic Trainer (Emma Spisak), or a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. If the student-athlete’s desire to return to play and the Sport’s Medicine staff’s recommendation are not in agreement, the case will be directed to the Director of Sports Medicine for review and final recommendations regarding clearance for participation in sport clubs activities at UNC-CH. Clearance for participation by a physician outside of the Sports Medicine Section of Campus Health at UNC-CH, does not satisfy the requirement of UNC Sport Clubs. Outside Physicians’ recommendations will be reviewed by the Sports Medicine staff as part of the return to play decision process. The student-athlete must schedule an appointment to meet with the Sport Clubs Athletic Training staff to initiate the return to play decision making process and to discuss a safe return to play plan prior to being allowed to participate.

In cases of known medical conditions that may affect participation in athletic activity, including participation in sport clubs at UNC-CH, student athletes are required to schedule an appointment with UNC Sports Medicine and the Athletic Training staff to discuss participation status. Each case will be reviewed individually, and the final decision on participation status will be made by a UNC Sports Medicine physician. Ultimately, UNC Sports Medicine has unchallengeable authority to determine whether a student-athlete with an injury, illness, or other medical condition may expose themselves or others to a significantly enhanced risk of harm and, if so, to disqualify the student athlete from continued participation in sport clubs at UNC-CH.

Failure to comply with this policy by student-athletes, club officers, and/or coaches will result in disciplinary actions within the hierarchy of the Sport Clubs program at UNC-CH.

Emergency Response Policies

Adverse Weather Policy: UNC-Chapel Hill Sport Clubs Lightning Policy

Emergency Action Plan:

  • On Campus

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