Sports Medicine

Welcome to the Sports Medicine Homepage

WPI Athletic Training Services:

WPI sports medicine services are provided exclusively for WPI varsity student athletes.


Head Athletic Trainer     Michael DeSavage 508-831-5733
Athletic Trainer    TBA 508-831-6115
Athletic Trainer    Shannah Dalton 508-831-6711 
Athletic Training Fax ------------------------- 508-831-6185
Team Physician  Dr. Nick DeAngelis         -----------------


Location:  The first floor of the new Sports and Recreation center.

School Address: 100 Institute Rd, Worcester MA 01505

Hours of Operation

Check out our informational brochure to learn more about what an athletic trainer is and what we do!

Pre-Participation Medical Clearance

If you are interested in playing a varsity sport at WPI, please contact the head coach of that sport.

 All paperwork must be uploaded to myWPI and approved by the athletic training staff before clearance will be given for participation.

 ***MyWPI is up and running for all pre-participation paperwork uploads. Please see the link and printable guide below to ensure that you have access to all of the forms. Thank you.***

*** Be sure to have your doctor fill out the WPI athletics physical form completely. Other physical forms will not guarantee clearance.***

The following is a description of each form needed for student-athletes to be cleared for varsity sports at WPI. Please use this printable guide to complete your paperwork on myWPI. The myWPI website can be accessed through this link.


1. "Confidential Medical History Form and Preparticipation Physical" (REQUIRED)

  • This questionnaire provides us with relevant information about the student-athlete's medical history in regards to sports.
  • The “Pre-Participation Physical” needs to be performed by a Board Certified Physician. Student-athletes who are beginning their initial season of eligibility (first years or transfers) are required to undergo this medical examination within a six month period prior to their sport's start date. (Sport start dates are listed below)
  • Please be sure to submit a copy of BOTH forms to the athletic training staff.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Physical forms from doctor's offices may or may not have all the appropriate testing performed. It is required that the WPI "pre-participation physical" form be used. The physician signature and office stamp ensure that your son/daughter was seen and cleared by the appropriate medical personnel. Please be sure that the doctor completes the forms in full.


2. "Acceptance of Risk and Consent to Treat" (REQUIRED)

This form alerts student-athletes to the dangers of sports participation and allows the sports medicine team to provide treatment to the student-athlete.

3."Sickle Cell Trait Requirement form & waiver" (REQUIRED)

The NCAA requires that all student-athletes have knowledge of their sickle cell trait status before participation in any intercollegiate athletics event, including but not limited to, strength and conditioning sessions, practices, and competitions.

Sickle Cell Screening:

  • Option 1: Have your primary care physician look up your sickle cell trait status and then have them document your status on the Sickle Cell Trait Requirement form. Sickle cell trait status is tested at birth and should have been noted in the student-athlete’s medical records.
  • Option 2: If sickle cell trait status was not tested at birth, or is not documented in the student-athlete’s medical records, sickle cell trait testing in the form of a sickle cell screen blood test should be done by the student-athlete’s primary care physician before coming to campus. If testing is not performed at home, the student-athlete can request testing at WPI Health Services.
  • Option 3: If the student-athlete and his/her parent/guardian do not desire sickle cell testing, a waiver must be signed by both the student-athlete and the parent/guardian and the student-athlete must engage in mandatory education (30 minute video) regarding sickle cell.

4. "Insurance Acknowledgement Requirement Form" (REQUIRED)

  • This form verifies that WPI student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics have the appropriate amount of medical coverage mandated by the NCAA ($90,000).
  • This document must be signed by the parent or guardian who is the insurance card holder.
  • Please maintain the first page for your records and return the signed second page with the other forms.

5. "Pre-Participation Videos and Quizzes" 

  • Please click on this link for directions on how to login and watch the required videos.
  • These are educational videos regarding concussion, MRSA, and Sickle Cell trait.
  • Watching the concussion and MRSA educational videos are mandatory for all sudent-athletes.
  • Athletes who opt to use the Sickle Cell Waiver must watch the video and complete the quiz.

6. Front and back photocopy of the student-athlete's health insurance card (REQUIRED)

7. "ADD/ADHD Medication exception form" (Submitted As Needed)

  • This form is only needed if the student-athlete is prescribed medication to treat ADD/ADHD.
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood and can persist through adolescence and into adulthood. ADHD is generally diagnosed in childhood, but sometimes not until college or later.
  • The most common medications used to treat ADHD are methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine (Adderall), which are banned under the NCAA class of stimulants.
  • In order for a medical exception to be granted for the use of these stimulant medications, the student-athlete must show that he or she has undergone standard assessment to identify ADHD.
  • If they do not undergo a standard assessment to diagnose ADHD, they have not met the requirements for an NCAA medical exception.
  • Most colleges provide these types of assessment through their student support services or counseling and testing centers.
  • The student-athlete should either provide documentation of an earlier assessment, or undergo an assessment prior to using stimulant medication for ADHD. If the diagnosis is ADHD, the student-athlete may then pursue treatment with the team physician or family physician for a prescription for stimulant medication, and provide all documentation to the appropriate athletics administrator to keep in the file in the event the student-athlete is selected for drug testing and tests positive. At that point, the athletics administrator will be instructed to provide the documentation for review by the medical panel, and if all is in order, the student-athlete’s medical exception is granted.
  • Further explaination can be found here.

8. NCAA HIPAA Release

  • This form is needed for your compliance paperwork. It will authorize athletic training to release information about injuries to the NCAA in an anonymous manner to help evaluate effectiveness of health and safety rules and policies

9. WPI Varsity Athletics Drug and Alcohol Policy

  • All varsity student-athletes are subject to this policy, including random drug testing throughout the year.
  • A copy of this policy can be found here.

Deadlines for Preparticipation Clearance 2015:

Fall Sports: Football: August 12th, physicals accepted from February 12th on
                 Men's Soccer: August 18th, physicals accepted from February 18th on                          
                 Volleyball: August 18th, physicals accepted from February 18th on
                 Field Hockey: August 18th, physicals accepted from February 18th on
                 Women's Soccer: August 18th, physicals accepted from February 18th on                      
                 Cross Country: August 25th, physicals accepted from February 25th on
ALL OTHER SPORTS: August 27th, physicals accepted from February 27th on                      



The forms above and in the preceding links are in PDF format, for use with Adobe Acrobat Reader®. This free software is available for download from Adobe's Web site.


Injury and Treatment Reporting

  • All injuries need to be evaluated by a staff athletic trainer.
  • When coming to the Athletic training room for injury evaluation or treatment, including routine taping the student-athlete must sign in on the computer kiosk.

Emergency Room Referral

  • In the event that you are sent to or transported to the emergency room:
  1. Identify yourself as a WPI student
  2. Obtain a copy of your exam notes
  3. Contact the following persons:
  • i. Parent/guardian
  • ii. The training room
  • iii. Coach

  4. Be sure to follow the directions from the ER regarding care until your follow up appointment.  

WPI Varsity Athletic Injury Emergency Policy  

 See WPI's Concussion Protocol HERE



Useful Information for WPI Varsity Student-Athletes














Visiting Teams

A Certified Athletic Trainer is available at home contests. Please call in advance if your team will be traveling without an ATC. Teams that are visiting WPI will not have access to modalities other than heat before games and ice provided after each contest.

Teams traveling without a certified athletic trainer are requested to bring a stocked medical kit for pre game taping, as well as a note outlining any specific requests.

On each home bench, there will be a splint bag and AED, as well as injury ice. Teams will be provided with water and cups on the bench. Water bottles will be available by request. Crutches will be provided in the event of lower extremity injury.