Whether you’re on a club, intramural, or NCAA team – or engage in other athletic activities such as biking, skiing, or martial arts – this page is for you.
Intercollegiate (NCAA) student athletes
- Our Sports Medicine team works closely with Cornell’s coaches and athletic trainers to provide intercollegiate athletes with primary medical care, yearly sports clearances, and treatment for injuries and illness.
- Please visit our Sports Medicine page for more information.
All other students who are athletes
We provide integrated medical and mental health care to help students stay in peak condition – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- Primary medical care*
- Treatment for sports injuries, and other injuries and illnesses*
- Physical therapy and massage – students can self-refer; no need for a medical appointment first
- Pharmacy services – including non-prescription items like ace bandages, hot/cold therapy packs, and pain-relieving creams
- Counseling and support
- Nutrition and healthy eating services
- Referrals to specialty care, when needed
* NCAA students should schedule appointments with a member of our Sports Medicine team. Other students should refer to our Appointments page to get care.
Concussion baseline testing
The online ImPACT Concussion Baseline Test is recommended for students whose regular physical activity puts them at higher-than-average risk of head injury or concussion.
Students can take this free, online test to get baseline measurements of cognitive function, including memory and reaction time. In the event that you have a head injury or concussion in the future, your clinician can use the results – in conjunction with a clinical examination and symptom scoring – to assist with assessment and treatment. (Results are NOT viewed by Cornell Health staff members unless you suffer from a head injury or concussion.)
HOW TO TAKE THE TEST
- The ImPACT Test is required of all incoming NCAA athletes as part of the initial Sports Clearance Process .
- You must take the test using the instructions on page 3 of the Sports Clearance Process Instructions (pdf).
- Do NOT use the instructions for non-NCAA athletes.
The ImPact test is also available for NON-NCAA athletes who are concerned about concussion risk.