Devils Athletics Partnered with NovaCare Rehabilitation Sports Medicine
The University of the Sciences Athletic Training staff supports the medical needs of all varsity athletes. The staff features two full-time National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) certified and Pennsylvania licensed athletic trainers, who are on campus for all in-season practices and events, and in some cases travel with the teams for away contests.
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
Nicole Shipos, MS, ATC/L
ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER
Daniel Wager, MS, ATC/L
About NovaCare Rehabilitation
NovaCare Rehabilitation is part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division, a nationally prominent, locally driven provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation. Throughout the country, the Select Medical family of brands includes Select Physical Therapy, First Choice Rehabilitation Specialists, Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), Saco Bay Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, SSM Physical Therapy and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Outpatient Services. Together, these brands comprise a national network of more than 1,000 centers in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The centers offer a wide range of general physical therapy services such as hand therapy, sports medicine and work injury prevention and management. Select Medical empowers its therapists by providing industry-leading continuing education opportunities. Select Medical's outpatient division provides physical therapy and athletic training services to professional sports teams, colleges, universities and high schools and serves as the exclusive physical rehabilitation provider to several major U.S. corporations.
The Sports Medicine staff is complimented and under the supervision of licensed physician, Dr. Miltiadis Zgonis, M.D, who is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Students are seen on a case-by-case basis and appointments are typically scheduled for Friday afternoons. On occasion sports medicine fellows come to U-Sciences for clinic hours during the week. The Sports Medicine staff also includes a licensed Physical Therapist available Monday and Wednesday afternoons by appointment.
The mission of the University of the Sciences Athletic Training staff is to help prevent athletic injuries from occurring by assisting in the conditioning of the student-athletes and monitoring existing conditions. In the event of injury, the athletic training staff will evaluate injuries on the field or court, determine the extent of injury and plan for treating the injury. When necessary the athletic trainer will refer the athlete to the team’s orthopedic physician or work through the student athlete's orthopedic or family physician(s) for continuation of treatment. The athletic trainer will work with the orthopedic physician in rehabilitating the athlete's injury through to their full return to activity.
Further information about athletic training as a career can be found through the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society website links below.
SPORTS MEDICINE ELIGIBILITY
The NCAA mandates that all athletes must have a yearly medical examination prior to competing in any supervised or scheduled game, practice or conditioning session. Each student-athlete must have all forms and physical turned into the Sports Medicine staff before clearance will be granted. All athletes are required to complete the appropriate Athletic Department Medical Information Packet. Incoming/Transfer student-athletes will complete the incoming student packet that will be turned in hard-copy version. Returning student-athletes will complete all forms on the SportsWare online database.
2016-17 Student-Athlete Medical Forms
The required 2016-17 USciences Student-Athlete medical forms are available for download.
To access the medical forms, click here