An NCAA DI athlete was told by her athletic trainer that she would not qualify for a Medical Hardship Waiver even if she had surgery for her injury. The athletic trainer said it was because of her previous participation history.
The parents of this student-athlete contacted Informed Athlete to discuss. They wanted to confirm the information given to their daughter and see what options were available. In fact, the student-athlete IS eligible for a Medical Hardship Waiver. If approved by the NCAA, this would give her the opportunity for another season of eligibility. The reason is that the applicable NCAA rule was changed last year.
This story isn’t shared to fault the athletic trainer, but to point out that the NCAA rules can change. Sometimes student-athletes don’t get the most up-to-date information.
In many situations, a consultation with us can clarify what your athlete has been told and options that may be available. Give us a call at 913-766-1235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.