PHYSIO TREATMENT CLINIC

MEDICAL 

The Club makes a significant investment in medical services each year and is proud of its record for providing excellent medical and physiotherapy services to its players. The health of all players playing for the Club is a priority.

Note - The Club will not cover injuries unrelated to rugby.

PLAYERS INJURY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. It is  the  player's  responsibility  that  any injuries  are  reported  to  their  coach  or manager  immediately.
  2. The player must have had their injury assessed by Monday morning so the coaches will  have  injury  updates  for  team  selection  by Tuesday morning.
  3. The  physiotherapist  and  doctor  will communicate  with  the  coaches  regarding  players'  injuries  and fitness  for  matches  and  training. 
  4. It  is the  player's  responsibility  to  always  speak  directly  with  the  coach/manager  regarding  any  injury  as well.
  5. If a player has not had their injury assessed it is assumed that they will be able to train as usual on  Tuesday  night. 
  6. It is  expected  that if  a  player  seeks  treatment  outside  the  Sports  Clinic  that  they consult the medical staff first so that they may acquire updates from the treating professional.

CLUB DOCTOR

SUFC adopts the  Australian Rugby Union’s Medical Policy. Further, SUFC contracts the services of Dr. Nathan Gibbs, the current Australian Wallabies Club Doctor, to provide Medical Services to its players and specifically to provide the services of the Club Doctor.

DOCTOR AVAILABILITY

Dr Nathan Gibbs’ works out of the medical room at the Sydney University Football Ground. Players must book an appointment in advance to see Dr Gibbs and you must bring your Medicare Card. All medical consultations are bulk billed for SUFC players.

Dr Gibbs’ clinic hours are:

• Monday morning

• Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions.   

Any player with a serious and/or ongoing condition or overuse injury should speak with Dr Gibbs. This allows thorough assessment of your injury, documentation of your problem, as well as the opportunity to organise referrals or investigations as needed during working hours.

TRAINING

The Physio and Doctor will be available before training in the medical room at SUFG. Strapping will take place in the changing rooms.

MATCH DAYS

A Match Day doctor will be present at all Grade and Colts games to assess and treat any acute injuries.

A physiotherapist will be present at all Grade and Colts games and will be available for strapping at the venue an hour before kick-off for each team.

Any player concerned about his ability to play on match days should contact medical staff and their coach prior to match day so that a substitute may be organised. Players who are unwell on match day should contact their coach and medical staff as early as possible on the day.

If instructed to leave the field due to injury by medical staff it is expected that the player should comply.

Following each game all injuries – no matter how minor – must be reported to the Doctor or Physiotherapist before leaving the ground.

PHYSIO TREATMENT CLINIC

Players who are injured on the weekend will be instructed by their Physiotherapist to attend The Sports Clinic.

Players who are on the SUFC Priority List must ring the Sports Clinic and book their appointment by 12pm Monday. After 12pm the remaining times allocated to the Club will be made available to all other players.

If you are not on the Priority List then you will be charged the normal concession rate and are responsible for the gap payment incurred. If you would like to see a physiotherapist closer to home then you may do so however must still communicate injury details and progress to the club physiotherapist. This is your responsibility.

• Monday morning (7.00am) will be triage for injuries sustained on the weekend for any player who thinks they may not be able to train on Monday afternoon.

• Screenings are compulsory for nominated players and will be performed prior to Monday, Tuesday and Thursday training in the gym with the Performance and Physiotherapy staff

• Rehab classes are compulsory for nominated players and will take place before training.

• Specific sessions for injured players and those that requiring specific movement preparation (particularly mobility and stability) are available every Monday and Wednesday from 5-7pm and Saturday mornings.

• Monday afternoon will be for treatment for injuries sustained on the previous Saturday only, unless advised by the Grade or Colts Physiotherapist. 

The following times have been allocated to the Club:

  • Monday 7.00-7.30am – Acute assessment (all)
  • Monday 3.00-6.00pm – Treatment
  • Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm – Treatment
  • Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm – Strapping
  • Thursday 3.30-5.30pm – Treatment
  • Thursday 5.30-6.30pm – Strapping

Missed appointments will result in a $25 fee being charged and will be reported to  the  Club.  If this recurs then the full physiotherapy consultation fee will be charged and further action will be taken by the Club.

REHABILITATION TRAINING

Training for injured players will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm. Saturday Mornings 7am. Players are to arrive at 6pm for a self-warm-up. 

For all Medical enquiries please contact Head Physiotherapist Daniella Thrassis

P:0401 051 291
E: daniella.thrassis@thesportsclinic.com.au

The Sportss Clinic 
P:  02 9351 8118

PLAYER INSURANCE

It is mandatory that players at Sydney University Football Club have private health + extras cover.

All  players  must  have  private  medical  insurance  and  will  be  charged  at  a  concession  rate  at  The Sports  Clinic. 

Players  without  private  health  insurance  will  be  charged  for  the  consultation  (at  the student  concession  rates,  if  they  are  full  time  students). 

All  players  MUST fill in an ARU registration form PRIOR to playing in any matches. Any unregistered players  will not be permitted to participate in games until the form is completed.

Please discuss with your team manager whether you need to fill out insurance forms with respect to specific injuries.

The Club will not cover any injuries unrelated to Rugby.

SERIOUS INJURIES

For all serious injuries, players are to complete the ARU Insurance form and have the club administrator sign the document.

It is the players responsibility to have the insurance form completed and lodge the claim within 30 days of the injury!

This insurance plan provides payment of 100% of Non-Medicare Medical Expenses after any reimbursement from your Private Health fund.  A $100 excess applies to each and every claim and the maximum benefit payable is $3,000.

ARU INSURANCE CLAIM FORM

If a player is injured during training or a game, an ARU Insurance Claim Form will need to be completed. Administration staff in the Rugby Office will provide you with your registration number and  certify the document as a club official.

It is the player's responsibility to obtain all required information (including a a doctor's and physiotharapist's report) and send the claim form to the nominated address.

QUICK STEPS TO FOLLOW: 

  1. Pay medical fees upfront
  2. Claim all Medicare Medical Expenses from Medicare
  3. Claim all Non-Medicare Medical Expenses from your private health fund
  4. Submit a claim to the ARU/Gow Gates sports insurance plan (as per below)
    1. Obtain a claim form:
    2. Complete the Claim Form
    3. Lodge the claim form within 30 days of the injury
    4. Lodge additional documentation as required
  5. If you are still out of pocket following ALL of the above steps, you can make a claim to SUFC’s injured players fund in October, 2017, where you must provide copies of all receipts/rebates

Refer to the instructions on the form or the ARU Sports Injury Claims for more information

Please note: Additional documentation may/may not be required by SLE in addition to the claim form (Step 4). Therefore, it is important to submit your claim form as soon as you have completed the details, within 30 days of injury, even before you have all accounts/receipts. This will ensure limited delays to the claims process.