One aspect of the athletic trainers’ job is to manage emergency situations on the field. We preach having an emergency action plan and knowing who is going to do what when that unfortunate emergency does happen. But for teams, coaches, and the medical professionals, it is important that we not only consider the EAP for our home games. Read the rest of this entry »

Heat Related Illnesses

July 9, 2014

I encourage all of you involved in football (and soccer and cross country) to take advantage of the time to become better educated in the recognition and treatment of heat illnesses. According to the Korey Stringer Institute, approximately 80% of heat deaths in athletics will occur in July and August. I believe Dr. Casa said that in the five year period ending in 2014, there have been/will be 23 heat-related fatalities in athletics. These are nearly 100% preventable. Let’s not add to these stats this year…

Korey Stringer Institute at the UConn

http://ksi.uconn.edu

Video Produced by KSI and Cabot Public Schools out of Arkansas

IHSA Heat Brochure

http://www.ihsa.org/documents/fb/Pol…chure%20MQ.pdf

Cheerleading Injuries

July 7, 2014

Cheerleading injuries are on the rise. For this reason, it is important that administrators, parents, coaches, and medical personnel recognize that cheerleaders must received appropriate medical attention just like any other athlete.

Shields and Smith noted that from 1990-2003 cheerleading saw an increase in participation from 3.04 million to 3.58 million while also seeing a 110% increase in injuries. Cheerleaders suffer many different injuries including sprains and strains, but can also suffer broken bones and even more serious injuries. Approximately 65% of catastrophic injuries in female high school athletics have been attributed to cheerleading. Why is that? Read the rest of this entry »

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. David Geier asked me my thoughts after the American Medical Association declared cheerleading a sport. Here is my full answer to his question…

 

Is cheerleading a sport? Ask me that 5 years ago and I probably would have laughed in your face. Today, however, I have a much greater respect for cheerleading. Personally I would agree with the roughly 30 state associations who now consider it a sport however that designation is not clear in all cases nor shall we construe that the designation as a sport provides specific safety requirements as proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. David Geier posed this question to me last week. The American Medical Association has decided to take the stance that cheerleading should in fact be considered a sport. As you’ll see reading Dr. Geier’s article, this stance is very similar to that of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012. So, what was my answer?

Check out his article… http://www.drdavidgeier.com/cheeleading-sport-ama/

NATA Hits Indy

June 24, 2014

I hope Indianapolis is ready because the Athletic Trainers are coming to take over town for a few days! As I write this early Tuesday morning, some ATs have already arrived and others are preparing to fly out from their respective hometowns. I will head for Indy on Wednesday and get in town for the Welcome Reception. Each year, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association hosts the national event in a different city. It is a time for networking, learning, and hopefully having a good time. This will be my second national convention and I’m looking forward to arriving! For all you ATs, I hope to see you there!

Legislate Big Picture

June 19, 2014

Concussion fatalities result in concussion legislation. SCA fatalities result in SCA legislation. Sickle Cell Trait fatalities result in SCT legislation. There’s a certain healthcare provider trained in the prevention, recognition and immediate care for all of these conditions. Why aren’t they legislated requirements? #AT4ALL

Many people don’t fully understand what it is that Athletic Trainers do. Many days we may spend an afternoon/evening on the sideline/courtside, etc and openly it does not appear that we are doing a whole lot. Personally, I tell people that’s a good thing. Because if I’m busy during that time, that means there are injuries. We all want our kids to be safe! But what people don’t realize is that we are normally zoned into the game watching for things that most people wouldn’t pick up on. When I was in pro baseball, my dad made the comment about how I needed to be paying attention in the dugout. Trust me, it may not look like it, but in that environment you always know what’s going on! “We’ve Got Your Back!” #AT4ALL #NATM2014

So many times over the last few weeks I’ve posted emergency and urgent reasons why high schools and youth teams needed Certified Athletic Trainers. But what must be understood is that Athletic Trainers do much more than just game coverage. Athletic Trainers are responsible for the evaluation of injuries, but also prevention of injuries. I’ve said it before and I truly mean it: I would rather spend 10 hours doing preventative work to prevent injury than 1 hour of rehabilitation after an injury. Prevention of injury does not simply mean taping ankles and wrists. But evaluating movement and making changes to movement patterns. Creating strength and conditioning programs which could very well prevent an ACL rupture. Evaluating the field surface, ensuring water and Gatorade are available during practices and working with the coaches in extreme heat to prevent heat illness. There are so many things that Athletic Trainers do to PREVENT injuries instead of having to deal with the aftermath later… #AT4ALL #NATM2014

Kettlebells for back pain? Neurosurgeon thinks so! And I agree here. In the last 12 months, I’ve taught a “Senior Kettlebells” class which I’m sure many of them have dealt with this or that pain before, during, and after class. But I’ve been told by a few of my class participants that they’ve quit taking pain medicine, quit needing cholesterol medications, and been able to do things around the house that they couldn’t do as easily before. Kettlebells truly do have a place in many rehabilitation programs.

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