Weekdays: 10:00 a.m.- to the end of practice/contest.
Weekends: 1 hour prior to scheduled practices, 2 hours prior to the start of warm-ups for contests.
Visiting Team Information
Student-Athlete Information and Paperwork
(PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PAPERWORK SHOULD BE RETURNED TO: Sage Athletic Fax number (518) 292-1858 or (518) 292-1855
*Annual Athletic Training Letter and Paperwork Procedures
*Minor Student-Athlete Release Form
*NCAA ADHD Reporting Form
*2018-2019 Sage Sickle Cell Form
*Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form
*Student-Athlete Health Questionnaire
*Student-Athlete Insurance Form
Sage Team Physician
Dr. Richard Alfred
Dr. Richard Alfred is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, specializing in sports medicine.
Along with The Sage Colleges, Dr. Alfred also serves as team physician for other local college and high school teams such as Siena, UAlbany, RPI, HVCC and Albany High School.
In addition, he is also the Associate Team Physician for the Tri-City Valley Cats, Orthopaedic Surgeon for the New York Racing Association – Saratoga Race Course, as well as Associate Team Physician for the New York Giants Summer Camp.
Dr. Alfred received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College in 1981.
His postgraduate work included a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His orthopaedic surgery residency was done at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was a junior resident in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Dr. Alfred joined Capital Region Orthopaedics in 1988.
DRUG FREE SPORTS
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A Concussion is a brain injury that may be caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body with an “impulsive” force transmitted to the head. Concussions can also result from hitting a hard surface. ALL concussions are serious and can occur in any sport.
Any blow to the head that results in concussive symptoms requires IMMEDIATE refrain from all activity, as it can help to prevent further injury or even death.
The Sage Colleges performs baseline testing at the start of each athletic season. This testing includes orientation questions, immediate memory, exertional maneuvers, neurologic screening, concentration, and delayed recall. If a head injury is sustained, the testing is repeated; comparison to baseline determines an athlete’s safe return to athletics.
Any head injury MUST be reported to the athletic trainers and coaches. Failure to report could result in chronic issues – headache, concentration problems, seizures, and possible death.
SICKLE CELL TRAIT
Sickle Cell Trait is the inheritance of one gene for normal hemoglobin and one gene for sickle hemoglobin. While this condition is generally benign, under circumstances of intense or extensive exertion, the sickle hemoglobin may change the shape of red blood cells from round to quarter moon or crescent shaped, described as sickle. The altered shape can result in the blockage of blood flow to muscles (including the heart), rapid deterioration of muscle tissue, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure and subsequent death. The necessity of knowing an athlete’s status as a carrier of the sickle cell trait is pertinent to his/her safety, as this condition is easily treated with recognition of signs/symptoms, rest and IV fluids.
Sickle cell trait is most often found in African Americans, but also in those with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Central and South American ancestry. Newborn testing for the trait is now widespread; however, the NCAA and NATA recommend testing of all athletes, as they may not have been previously screened or do not know the results of the screen.
Athletic Emergency Policies and Procedures
Weather Policies and Procedures
(Outside weather conditions can be detrimental to the health and safety of student-athletes. Below are The Sage Colleges' policies and procedures for outside practices in temperature extremes--both hot and cold, as well as our lightning policy.)
National Athletic Trainers’ Association website