The BYU-Idaho Center has instituted safety policies to help students prevent recurring injuries.
Sterling Braithwaite, a freshman studying biology who works at the BYU-I Center gym front desk, said students should wear lace- gym shoes on the basketball courts.
Braithwaite said the most common injuries on the university’s multiple athletic courts are rolled and sprained ankles.
“We definitely keep watch and make sure people are being safe,” Braithwaite said. “We try to prevent accidents and problems as much as we can.”
Students can go to the front desk and report injuries.
“We offer ice bags if someone comes, but we let them decide to keep playing or not,” said Kent Packard, a sophomore studying exercise physiology who works at the front desk of the BYU-I Center.
Braithwaite said the ankle injuries are usually minor.
The front desk has emergency plans for a number of problems such as blood contamination, medical emergencies and angry patrons.
Packard said students at the front desk call their servisor and emergency medical services if there is a major injury.
The servisor takes control and decides whether the student goes to the Student Health Center or the hospital.
According to the Student Health Plan Web page, BYU-I requires that all students have adequate medical insurance.
BYU-I student insurance will cover visits to the Student Health Center. Visits are not covered by private insurance, however, and students with private insurance will be billed directly.
It is the student’s and not the school’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider for any reimbursements.
“[Students] may have an insurance form printed out that they can mail to their insurance company. They will reimburse them in accordance with their policy,” according to the Insurance and Records Web page.
Students can schedule an appointment to visit the Student Health Center if they have any persistent injuries or illnesses.