USATF/St. Vincent Sports Performance Elite Athlete Medical Support Program
In an effort to provide additional medical support to our elite athletes, USA
Track Field has worked closely with St. Vincent Sports Performance to design
an elite athlete health care program. This program is designed to compliment
other USATF and USOC insurance and medical support programs. St. Vincent is a
nationally recognized hospital system and health network that has extensive
experience serving professional athletes, including NFL and NBA players,
Olympians and top race car drivers.
The USATF/St. Vincent Sports Performance Elite Athlete Medical Support Program assists qualified injured athletes by providing primary care or a second opinion and working with the athleteís local medical support to create a recovery plan. Designated athletes will have full access to St. Vincentís physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists as well as access to all appropriate services including, but not limited to, evaluation, diagnostics including x-rays and MRIs, surgery and recovery, lab work, and physical therapy.
In addition to medical support, athletes will be provided with ground transportation, housing and meals for visits of 72 hours or less at no cost. Athletes will be housed at the Marten House and Lilly Conference Center which is a hotel owned by St. Vincent and on the hospital campus. Services of an ongoing, on-site nature such as rehabilitation or training would be provided at a cost to the athlete of $100/day.
The top three (3) athletes per event at the USA Outdoor Track Field Championships (coverage will begin immediately after the USA Outdoor Track Field Championships), any athletes ranked in the top 20 World Rankings on October 1st (coverage starting October 1st) and athletes qualifying for the Post Collegiate Scholarship Fund will be eligible for the program. Coverage will last 12 months from the start of eligibility. USATF will also consider extending benefits under this arrangement to additional individuals who are in need of medical support on a case by case basis.
Athletes must travel to Indianapolis to receive medical services. All medical services, ground transportation, housing and meals for visits of 72 hours or less will be provided to the athletes at no cost. Athletes will be required to purchase flights (approved in advance by USATF), but USATF will reimburse all but $100 of the approved airfare to the athlete after the visit. USATF will work with the athletes to arrange the most reasonable flight options. Qualified athletes who wish to utilize the program should contact Beka Suggs at 317-713-4689 to coordinate eligibility and arrange flights, ground transportation, housing and appointments with St. Vincent.