Athletics Department


Sports Medicine

The Washington University Athletic Department employs licensed athletic trainers that are skilled in the prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

We have state-of-the-art facilities with a highly regarded, experienced staff of physicians and certified athletic trainers who work directly with our student-athletes. Our goal is to provide each student-athlete with efficient access to high quality medical care.

Who to Contact

We understand that having a son or daughter away from home can cause concern for their health and well being. Please feel free to contact us at anytime you have questions about their medical care.

For prompt attention, please report all injuries to the athletic trainer as soon as possible.

Rick Larsen, MS, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Football, Men's Basketball, Men's Tennis
Jim Anderson, BS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Women's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Track and Field
Jacob Blasingame, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Men’s Soccer, JV Football, Baseball
Mary Tarzon, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Volleyball, Cross country, Swimming and Diving, Softball, Women’s Tennis
Matthew Matava, MD Team Physician
Mark Halstead, MD Team Internist

Medical Coverage

Washington University in St. Louis provides comprehensive medical services for WUSTL student-athletes while participating in the intercollegiate athletics program as well as medical supervision of the activities associated with the athletic program. The University operates a fully equipped sports medicine facility with therapeutic modality, exercise, and rehabilitation equipment.

Certified athletic trainers, working under the direction of physicians, are the primary health care providers responsible for the prevention, evaluation, care, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Athletic trainers provide daily support to injured athletes throughout the recovery process. Athletes have access to sports medicine services in the sports medicine facility without personal charge.

Pre-season physical examination screenings, scheduled visits to evaluate injured athletes on campus, and home football game coverage are some of the services provided by WUSTL. All services provided on campus are at no cost to the student-athlete. Individuals with significant injuries are referred through a network of team physicians associated with Washington University School of Medicine.

If an athlete requires additional medical services at the physician's office or hospital, they are billed through their personal insurance. If surgical treatment is required for an injury, this should also be covered through their personal insurance. Any cost associated with an injury occurring outside a department sponsored activity is the responsibility of the athlete.

Athletic Insurance Coverage

The University carries NCAA Group Basic Athletic Accident insurance with a maximum medical expense limit of $75,000.  The plan covers all intercollegiate student athletes for bodily injury sustained during practice or play of an intercollegiate sport, travel to or from practice or play of an intercollegiate sport, or off-season physical conditioning of an intercollegiate sport which is authorized, organized and directly supervised by a Department of Athletics representative.  

The insurance coverage of the University and the Department of Athletics operates on the basis that the health and accident insurance carried by the student and/or the student’s parents is the primary coverage and will be applied first for medical, dental, and hospital services.  The Washington University Athletic Department insurance will then be applied after the primary benefits disposition. The Department of Athletics will pay charges for authorized services for bodily injuries sustained during participation in intercollegiate athletics within the NCAA Group Basic Athletic Accident insurance deductible. There are no benefits for pre-existing injuries or general medical conditions.

The student athlete may be responsible for the cost of treatment and rehabilitation where services are arranged without prior knowledge and approval of the Department of Athletics.  Students injured while participating in the athletic department program should report the injury to the athletic training staff and obtain services through our network of physicians that are affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine.

Student Health Insurance Coverage

The SHS health plan through UHS does not cover medical costs related to injuries sustained in the practice or play of NCAA intercollegiate sports, and while WU carries NCAA Group Basic Athletic Accident insurance, the student and parents could still be responsible for substantial out of pocket medical costs not covered by the NCAA policy, should costs exceed usual and customary charges or services that are provided are determined by the insurer as not medically necessary.

Clearance for Participation

All athletes must receive a physical examination annually from the Washington University Sports Medicine Staff before the start of their competitive season. First year participants require a comprehensive physical examination while returning athletes must compete a review of their current health status.

Other requirements are:

  1. Cover Letter to Freshman
  2. Form Checklist
  3. Preparticipation Physical Evaluation History form (Medical History)
  4. Doctor's Physical Exam form (tryouts only)
  5. Orthopedic Medical History form
  6. Female Athlete Preparticipation form
  7. Sickle Cell Trait Form for NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics
  8. Authorization to Release Info form
  9. Medical Consent form
  10. Parent / Guardian Health Insurance Information form
  11. Statement of Informed Risk form

Visiting Teams Policy

The athletic training staff at Washington University would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and acquaint you with some of the medical services we provide to visiting teams. To handle your needs, a certified athletic trainer will be available and our orthopedist will be on call.

The athletic training facility will be available prior to practice and contests or special arrangements can be made upon advance request. Water, ice and coolers will be provided while splints, stretchers and crutches are available should the need arise.

The Washington University athletic training staff can administer taping and treatment services, but we require that you provide your own supplies. The therapeutic modalities available include: whirlpools, hydrocollator, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation. Athletes are required to have a written prescription for electrical modality treatments.