For NCAA athletes
To participate in intercollegiate athletics at Cornell, you must receive a formal medical clearance from Sports Medicine each year. Your coach will provide you with complete details.
A note to "walk-ons": Only student athletes who are listed on the official team roster may go through the medical clearance process.
If you are interested in participating in a varsity team and are not a recruited athlete, please contact the team's coach.
New (first-year & transfer) student athletes
Before coming to Cornell, you must:
- Complete your Health History Form (requires a physical exam from your health care provider)
- Complete your Sports Clearance Form (requires a physical exam from your health care provider)
- Complete an ImPACT Concussion Baseline Test (a 20- to 30-minute online test to collect baseline information in the event you sustain a head injury during your season; information is provided with the Sports Clearance Form)
- Provide required documentation if you are on stimulant medication for the treatment of ADD/ADHD (see “Athletes with ADD/ADHD” below)
The NCAA also advises testing for sickle cell trait among new Division 1 college athletes. You can ask your home health care provider to administer the test, or get tested at Cornell Health. Learn more on our Athlete Testing for Sickle Cell Trait fact sheet (pdf).
After you arrive on campus in August, you will report to Cornell Health with your team at a scheduled time for your sports clearance.
Returning student athletes
You must receive a medical clearance from Sports Medicine each year before participating in intercollegiate athletics.
Your coach will instruct you about completing the online Sports Clearance Form, through which you will provide complete and up-to-date information about your health. A physical examination from your health care provider from home is not required for returning athletes.
When you return to campus in the fall, you will report to Cornell Health with your team at a scheduled time for your sports clearance.
Athletes with ADD/ADHD
The NCAA requires that all athletes on stimulant medication for the treatment of ADD/ADHD provide adequate documentation of diagnosis and treatment. Stimulant medications are banned for use by NCAA athletes unless medical necessity is clearly documented by their university. To provide documentation, please print these required materials (pdf), and follow the instructions carefully. Submission of this information is required every year in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics
If you have questions or concerns about the sports clearance process, please feel free to talk with your coach and/or with us. [See Contact Us]