Athletic Training



Laura Rusk, MPA, MBA, ATC Head Athletic Trainer  
Damon White, MS, ATC, PES  Assistant Athletic Trainer  
Kristine Brown, MS, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer  
Donny Smith, ATC, CSCS Assistant Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning    
Athletic Training Phone 508-626-4564    
Athletic Training Fax 508-626-4647    

MISSION:  The Framingham State Athletic Training staff provides prevention, evaluation, management, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries sustained by our varsity and intercollegiate athletes. Our staff includes licensed and board certified athletic trainers and a team orthopedic physician from Orthopedics New England. We are committed to providing the best possible care for all of our varsity and intercollegiate student-athletes.

LOCATION AND HOURS:  The Athletic Training room is located on the bottom floor of the Athletic Center, just down the hallway and across from the main gym entrance. Hours vary seasonally and weekly schedules are posted on the door. The Athletic Training room is generally open Monday through Friday in the afternoons for treatment and rehabilitation and open weekends for athletic event coverage only. The Athletic Training room will be open two hours prior to and thirty minutes following the conclusion of a scheduled home athletic event.

VARSITY & INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETE PRE-PARTICIPATION PAPERWORK:  All student-athletes must complete health history and insurance forms annually for the Athletic Training Department.  All forms must be properly completed for participation in varsity and intercollegiate athletics at Framingham State University. The Athletic Training Forms for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available on the Athletic Training website over the summer.  Any questions regarding the pre-participation paperwork should be directed to the Head Athletic Trainer via e-mail or phone. 

2019-20 Athletic Training Pre-Participation Paperwork 

Attention student-athletes: if any of your personal or insurance information changes at any point during the year, it is your responsibility to notify the Athletic Training Department. Also, if you see a physician for any reason during the school year, you must provide a clearance note signed by your physician.  This letter must be on file in the Athletic Training room before you will be allowed to participate in any team activity, practice, or game. The physician's clearance letter must specifically stating the following:

  • When and for what reason you saw the physician
  • Injury or illness diagnosis
  • Current playing status (i.e. cleared or not cleared to return to your sport)

ADD/ADHD USE OF BANNED STIMULANTS:  The NCAA has instituted a stricter application of the medical exception policy for the use of banned stimulant medication for the treatment of ADD/ADHD.  This stricter application reflects a strong stand on policy enforcement, protecting the student-athlete competing while using these stimulants and the integrity of the sport.  If you have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and are using stimulant medication, you must provide proper documentation from your diagnosing health care provider in order to participate in NCAA athletics each academic year. The forms can be found on myFramingham and the Athletic Training website along with all other athletic training documents and should be printed and given to your diagnosing health care provider to fill out and return to the Athletic Training Department.  These forms must be filled out annually by the student-athlete and diagnosing physician.

Click here to access the necessary ADD/ADHD documentation forms and FAQs.

CONCUSSIONS: Each year in the United States, the incidence of sports-related concussion is estimated at 300,000. Athletes that are not fully recovered from an initial concussion are significantly susceptible for recurrent, cumulative, and even catastrophic consequences of a second concussion. Such difficulties are prevented if the athlete is allowed time to recover from concussion and return to play decisions are carefully made. No athlete should return to sport or other at-risk participation when symptoms of concussion are present and recovery is ongoing. The best way to prevent difficulties with concussion is to manage the injury properly when it does occur. Proper concussion management includes implementation of baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing. Such evaluation can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has recently been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.

Prior to athletic participation:

All student-athletes will sign an Injury, Illness, and Concussion Mandatory Reporting Statement prior to athletic participation as part of the clearance paperwork. This statement is signed annually and stored in the student-athlete’s file in the Athletic Training office.

All student-athletes will take the ImPACT neurocognitive and BESS balance baseline tests prior to athletic participation. Instructions and deadlines for completion will be emailed to all student-athletes needing to take the baseline test.

In addition, all collision sport student-athletes will be given a Standard Assessment of Concussion (SAC) baseline test. Baseline and follow-up tests will be stored in the student-athlete’s file in the Athletic Training office.

NCAA concussion informational video

NCAA Student-athlete concussion fact sheet (PDF)

NCAA Coaches concussion fact sheet (PDF)

Framingham State University Post-Concussion at Home Instructions (PDF)

SICKLE CELL TRAIT: Beginning August 1, 2013, all new and transfer student-athletes must provide confirmation of their sickle cell trait status. This is an NCAA requirement and must be on file with the athletic training staff prior to athletic participation. All student-athletes will be required to provide confirmation of their sickle cell trait status beginning August 1, 2014.

Click here for SCT information

NCAA SCT video 

CDC SCT Awareness    

NCAA Student-athlete SCT fact sheet (PDF)

NCAA Coaches SCT fact sheet (PDF)


HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS: All home games will be covered by a certified and licensed athletic trainer unless otherwise notified.  At each contest the following equipment will be available: ice and water (for both teams), cups or water bottles (for both teams), crutches, splints, and an automated external defibrillator.  The team physician will be available at all home football and ice hockey games.  An ambulance will also be on site for all football games.  In the event that a student-athlete has to be transported to the hospital, Framingham Union Hospital is the closest hospital. Immediate care supplies and equipment may be loaned to visiting injured student-athletes when necessary.

Visiting teams: please call or email in advance if you will be traveling without a certified athletic trainer, especially if your team requires any special attention. We will be able to accomodate visiting teams in providing pre-game taping. Visiting teams must supply their own tape and wraps. Please send a stocked medical kit and any detailed instruction for specific taping. Modalities available include ice, moist heat, electric stimulation and ultrasound. Host athletic trainers will not perform ultrasound or electric stimulation, but visiting certified athletic trainers are welcome to use these modalities.  Modalities are available only in the Athletic Training room with prior arrangements.  No modalities are available at the athletic fields.

Visiting Team Information Letter

FSU Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

FSU Concussion Protocol


AWAY ATHLETIC EVENTS: A certified and licensed athletic trainer will travel with high risk sports, as well as to any postseason play, pending other event coverage.  All other travel by the Athletic Training Department is dependent on the needs of home events.  When varsity teams are traveling without an athletic trainer, a call or e-mail will be made ahead of time to the opponent's Athletic Training Staff to inform them of any medical care the athletes may require.  Each athletic team will be given a fully stocked medical kit at the beginning of the season to bring to away games. 


The closest hospital to Framingham State University is:

MetroWest Medical Center - Framingham Union
115 Lincoln Street, Framingham MA 01701
(508) 383-1000

Alternate Hospital:

MetroWest Medical Center - Leonard Morse Hospital
67 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760
(508) 650-7000


Directions to Local Hospitals (PDF)