The requirements for volunteer services with the Justin Sportsmedicine Team are state licensure and/or national certification as an Athletic Trainer and/or Physical Therapist. The average years of experience of our staff employees (program managers) is 20 years at the university and professional levels. This experience level assures that the rodeo athlete receives the ultimate in sports medicine care while participating in the world’s toughest sport.
Because all volunteers and associates working with the Justin Sportsmedicine Team are certified and/or licensed in the allied health profession, a college degree is a minimum requirement. State licensure and/or national certification as an Athletic Trainer or Physical Therapist is also a basic requirement. The next step is the experience level in contact sports at the high school, college/ university or professional level. If you have already meet these requirements then submit a brief resume / C.V. to the “contact us” address on this web site and we will forward your information to the program manager in your region.
There are number of educational institutions offering programs in athletic training and physical therapy. The place to start is your academic counselor at school or an athletic trainer or physical therapist practicing in your area. They can tell you the best educational and experience route to take to obtain a state license or national certification in athletic training and/or physical therapy.
We do not offer internships because of the nature of the professional services we provide and the sport does not allow time conductive to a learning situation. Rodeo is a fast paced endeavor with the athletes traveling on very tight schedules all across the country. They are seldom in one location long enough for multiple treatments. The best environment for internships is a clinical setting where the athletes can receive consecutive treatments on successive days. This is virtually impossible in rodeo.
We do not offer educational scholarships due to a number of factors. There is no funding at this time for scholarships specifically for rodeo sportsmedicine and the educational environment of rodeo is not conducive to student programs. However, there are scholarships available through education institutions that offer degrees in athletic training and physical therapy. Please contact your counselor at school or civic organizations in your community for more information on educational scholarships.
You have a $1000 deductible and $17,500 of coverage per accident. The insurance company is responsible for paying 80% of either contracted rate or reasonable and customary and you are responsible for the 20%.
No prior authorization is required for tests, surgery or office visits. This policy is ALWAYS secondary to any primary insurance you may have.
Explanation: You are responsible for the first $1000 and 20% of all charges up to $17,500.
- You must have a completed claim form. This can be obtained from where you were injured or by calling the PRCA. A judgeâ€™s signature is not mandatory, the insurance company will verify you paid your entry fee for the rodeo where you were injured.
- You must be able to show treatment for this injury within 90 days of the injury. This can be a doctor, hospital or the Justin team if you were treated at the event and they document it.
- All lines must be filled in and no N/Aâ€™s only yes or no.
- All places for your signature must be signed
- Make sure you put down the body part injured and explain briefly and to the point how this accident happened. CAN NOT JUST SAY (“riding bulls”, roping,etc.) that is not an accident, it is a choice. You must explain how you were hurt.
Example: Spur got hung up, twisted my knee
- You only need one claim form per injury. Make copies for yourself, the doctors and or hospital. You need to mail a copy to the insurance company and do not expect anyone else to do that for you. Always keep a copy with you.
- If you have already been to the doctor/hospital and did not let them know about this coverage, then please send all of the itemized bills to HSR at the address shown on the claim form.
- The bills should include the name of the doctor/hospital, their complete mailing address, telephone number, the date you were seen by the doctor/hospital, what the doctor saw you for and the specific itemized charges incurred. “Balance Due” statements do not contain sufficient information to complete your claim.
- If you had a primary insurance and did not give the doctor or hospital your rodeo insurance information and are now receiving bills, please take a copy of your EOB (explanation of benefits) from your primary, insurance letting you know what was paid or denied, and the reason(s) why. Send this and your itemized bill into HSR at the address on the claim form. Always keep a copy for yourself.
Incomplete claim forms, not being treated within the time period and bills being sent in without the correct information are one of the most frequent reasons why claim payments are delayed or denied.
Catastrophic coverage is available up to $250,000. Please call HSR for more information (800) 328-1114.
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