Athletic Training Services

The goal of Hope College Athletic Training is to support our student-athletes with comprehensive, quality medical care while they are participating in collegiate athletics at Hope College.

Hope College student-athletes will be cared for by the Hope College team physician, a team of healthcare providers in West Michigan and on campus, full-time certified athletic trainers. 


Hope College Athletic training strives to provide student-athletes with all the necessary medical forms, insurance forms and other items needed prior to participating in any intercollegiate sport at the institution.

Pre-Participation Physical Exam

Before beginning competition, all Hope College athletes will be required to have a pre-participation exam (PPE) at Hope College. The PPE will take place with one of our team physicians, head coaches will notify athletes of the scheduled time for their PPE.  The PPE is designed to determine if athletes are physically and medically able to participate in athletic competition at Hope. The NCAA and our team physician require all previous medical history items be disclosed at the time of the PPE. All of this information should be brought with athletes at the time of their scheduled PPE.

Sickle Cell Results

The NCAA recommends and Hope College requires documentation of sickle cell trait status prior to participation. The results of this test only need to be documented initially before the student-athlete’s first season of participation. This test result can be obtained during the PPE on campus or from the athlete’s primary care physician. Documentation of the sickle cell test results should be emailed to Jamie DeWitt at, making sure to include the athlete’s name and the sport(s) they will be competing in at Hope.

If sickle cell trait status is unable to be obtained prior to the PPE, a simple test will be provided on campus during the PPE at the cost of $20.


All Hope athletes must provide proof of major medical insurance before they are allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Student-athletes covered under a parent or guardian’s insurance policy will be required to complete documentation of such prior to their pre-participation exam.  (This information is requested of students prior to enrollment by the Hope College Health Center and submitted through the Health Portal). Hope College also offers major medical insurance coverage with additional coverage for athletic injuries when primary insurance is not adequate. This insurance policy can be purchased through the Hope College Business Services website.

In addition to a student-athlete’s primary insurance (either through parent/guardian or the Hope College policy noted above), Hope Athletics provides secondary insurance through First Agency for injuries directly related to participation in intercollegiate athletics.  In accordance with NCAA regulations, off-season injuries incurred during the season which are not directly related to in-season competition or supervised practice ie: conditioning class, intramural competitions, unsupervised weight training. etc… or routine medical attention such as dental or eye care are not covered by First Agency.

It is important to note that the First Agency coverage serves athletes as the SECONDARY layer of insurance. In the instance an athlete sustains an injury, claims must be filed first with the student’s/parents'/guardians' personal or primary insurance company.  If a balance remains after the personal insurance company has paid its maximum, the balance can be submitted to Hope Athletics’ insurance company, First Agency, for “second layer” coverage.  First Agency will consider the balance of the eligible medical fees not covered by the personal insurance company up to the maximum of the policy. Please do not send bills directly to First Agency. For more information regarding the secondary insurance coverage and claims process, please email Jamie Dewitt at  

Medications And Medical Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition which requires prescription medication you are required by Hope College and the NCAA to provide a copy of your prescription, complete with physician’s office name/signature, medication name, and dose. This needs to be submitted to your Hope medical file prior to your pre-participation exam. Some substances are banned by the NCAA (i.e. ADHD or ADD medication) and in the event of drug testing your prescription needs to be on file in order for a medical exemption application to be filed on your behalf with the NCAA, preventing any sanctions affecting your participation status.

Medically, if you have cardiac, respiratory, diabetes, recent surgeries or other medical conditions, which require frequent check-ups, monitoring, clearance or testing, please bring/submit documentation allowing for participation in sports. Any recent test results or diagnoses of these conditions, as well as the management plans for them, should be included from your family physician/specialist. Please submit any/all documentation, which might clear you from this requirement or have updated testing performed at home before you arrive on campus and have your results ready to share with the physician during your PPE.  If the Hope physician feels additional testing is required for participation, this will be determined during the pre-participation exam.

Download the NCAA Medical Exception Documentation Report Form.


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