By NCAA Sport Science Institute
Many schools have been seeking an online sickle cell trait educational module for student-athletes. The NCAA Sport Science Institute has produced a new, free online course that student-athletes can complete on their own time. Student-athletes can then email you confirmation of course completion. This course is not mandatory, but can be taken by any student-athlete in all three divisions. To take the course, go to www.SSILearn.org.
Division III institutions are required by Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1.1 to provide each student-athlete education regarding sickle cell trait. In addition to discussing your institution’s policies related to student-athletes with sickle cell trait, institutions can use this new video and provide copies of the sickle cell trait fact sheet for student-athletes during in-person compliance or sports medicine meetings. This new online course on SSILearn.org can be used to meet components required in Division III Bylaws 184.108.40.206.1(b), 220.127.116.11.1(c) (i) and 18.104.22.168.1.1.
An institution shall confirm the sickle cell trait status of student-athletes, before participation in intercollegiate athletics in one of the following manners: (effective 8/1/13 for all incoming (first year and transfers) student-athletes; effective 8/1/14 for all student-athletes).
Mandatory Sickle Cell Trait Status Education. Effective Date: August 1, 2013. Each student-athlete shall be provided education regarding sickle cell trait status. Student-athletes who have been tested, but do not have confirmed results documented or have signed a waiver per Bylaw 22.214.171.124.1(c), shall be provided additional education regarding the risks, impact and precautions associated with sickle cell trait (adopted: 1/19/13, effective 8/1/13 for all incoming (first year and transfer) student-athletes; effective 8/1/14 for all student-athletes).
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2013