Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is an integral part of the health care team at Carolina, whose staff provides a unique service for athletes participating in Sport Clubs. The Sport Clubs Sports Medicine staff consists of three certified Athletic Trainers providing Athletic Training services including event coverage, injury management, and rehabilitation services. A certified Athletic Trainer is present at most home events, and is responsible for the health and safety of all participants. Injury management is provided for athletes on UNC’s Sport Clubs teams in the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center and AT/PT Clinic at Campus Health Services and includes prevention, evaluation, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and referral.

Sports Medicine Services

Triage Services (Walk-in):

Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center is open for walk-in services for first-aid, first responder, and referral during the following times:

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

Clinic Services (Appointment Only):

Sport club athletes can be seen by one of our certified Athletic Trainers for evaluation, injury management, and rehabilitation. These appointments are schedule on a first come-first served basis. Appointments are available during the following days and times:

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

To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 966-6548.

Injury Clinic:

Sports Medicine offers injury-check triage appointments. The clinic is run by the Athletic Training staff in coordination with the physicians in Sports Medicine. If you are injured during a weekend competition (home or away) or have a NEW injury, which is considered pain/symptoms for less than a week, please make an appointment for the Injury Clinic. Your appointment will be short with the opportunity for more extensive follow-up as needed.

These appointments are not for chronic pain or injuries. For these situations, please see the procedures under “Clinic Services”

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. Injury Clinic appointments can be made during the following times:

  • Monday: 1:30pm – 5:00pm : Campus Health Services
  • Thursday: 6:30pm – 8:00pm : Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center

(no appointment necessary for Thursday clinic)

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 (Taylor Saimeri), 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.

Sports Medicine Staff

Taylor Saimeri, MA, ATC: Head Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs | | 984-364-7084

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

Vacant, ATC: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs

Emergency Response Policies

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

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