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Sports Medicine for International Athletes

Athletes - Canadian and Non-Canadian

The full international student insurance will only cover up to $1,500 of expenses should medical treatment arise from participation in intercollegiate or interscholastic sports (i.e. intramural sports).

Note: Canadian students are NOT automatically enrolled in the full accident/illness/medical coverage through SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam does NOT offer or provide any secondary insurance policy coverage for participation in athletics.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program that covers medical costs exceeding $90,000.  Meaning, your accident insurance and/or you must first pay $0.01 - $90,000 of medical expenses related to an athletically related injury before the catastrophic program will begin to provide coverage for additional medical expenses.  Medical costs exceeding $90,000 and up to $20 million in lifetime benefits will be covered by the NCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program.

Canadian and non-Canadian athletes must provide evidence of suitable accident insurance that covers athletically related injuries, with limits up to $90,000.  Be sure you fully understand what your accident insurance policy will cover, not cover, at what levels and how i.e. what tests, what doctors, what your co-pays or deductibles are, do you pay for medical expenses out-of-pocket first and then seek reimbursement or will your accident insurance pay directly to the provider and bill you for any portion that is not covered, etc. 

Remember - your accident insurance and/or you must first pay $0.01 - $90,000 of medical expenses related to an athletically related injury before the NCAA catastrophic program will begin to provide coverage for additional medical expenses.

View SUNY Potsdam International Health Insurance Information

Note: Parents, please ensure that your child has their insurance card or at least a copy of their insurance card with them at all times prior to beginning their college career.

 

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Questions?

Contact the Sports Medicine Office
Jonathan Hewitt
hewittjl@potsdam.edu