College athletes bring honor, glory and money to their schools by competing on the playing field in sports such as football, where the possibility of serious injury is always present. Shockingly, the National Collegiate Athletics Association does not require that its member schools provide injured athletes, even those with very serious spinal cord injuries, with medical assistance of any kind. Giving medical assistance is entirely discretionary.
College athletes are responsible for their own medical insurance, and all there is for sure to assist them is an NCAA fund for catastrophic injury, which never comes into play until after a player's deductibles are greater than $90,000. In some instances, football coaches have revoked scholarships from players too injured to return to play that season, cutting players off in some cases from university healthcare services that they are dependent on following a major injury.