Hope is NOT a Plan!
THIS 12-YEAR-OLD BOY DIED BECAUSE NO ONE KNEW CPR!
"“Sorry, none of us are CPR-certified,'” the coach allegedly told the grieving mother."
Administrators: Will this be the story written about your facility/organization? Will you allow this lack of preparedness in your organization?
Parents: Will you send your kids to games/practices without knowing that safety protocols and equipment are in place?
Coaches: Are you certified in CPR?
See our Best Safety Practices Page Here.
Is Sudden Death Rare in Youth Sports?
Watch Dr. Steve Horwitz, DC discuss this at the 2023 Pediatric in Sports Medicine Society Conference
"It won't happen to us. We got it covered." Are you sure about that?
Read more here.
Sports Injuries Are Part of the Game
Football. Two athletes collide.
There are no medical professionals on the scene.
Do you turn him over?
Do you remove the facemask to get to his airway (do you have the proper tools to do so)?
Lack of Sideline Medical Personnel
Only 37% of public high schools and 28% of private high schools have 1 full-time athletic trainer. "Even at schools where ATs are employed, there is often no coverage of all athletic practices or contests or of all sports where there is an elevated risk of concussion. Coverage tends to focus on football." "A single AT on staff at a school can only be in one place at one time."
Virtually no youth sports clubs and leagues require coach CPR training. Read that again!
Read a Case Study here.
Educational Institution with a Sports Program (College/University, High School, Middle School)
Kart Racing Facility
Sports Tournament Organizer
Fitness Boot Camp
Child Care, Day Care, Pre-School Child Care
(a) The commissioner by rule shall develop and adopt an extra- curricular activity safety training program as provided by this section. In developing the program, the commissioner may use materials available from the American Red Cross, Emergency Medical Systems (EMS), or another appropriate entity.
(b) The following persons must satisfactorily complete the safety training program:
(1) a coach, trainer, or sponsor for an extracurricular athletic activity;
(2) except as provided by Subsection (f), a physician who is employed by a school or school district or who volunteers to assist with an extracurricular athletic activity; and
(3) a director responsible for a school marching band.
(c) The safety training program must include:
(1) certification of participants by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or a similar organization or the University Interscholastic League, as determined by the commissioner;
(2) current training in:
(A) emergency action planning;
(B) cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the person is not required to obtain certification under Section 33.086;
(C) communicating effectively with 9-1-1 emergency service operators and other emergency personnel; and
(D) recognizing symptoms of potentially catastrophic injuries, including head and neck injuries, concussions, injuries related to second impact syndrome, asthma attacks, heatstroke, cardiac arrest, and injuries requiring use of a defibrillator; and
(3) at least once each school year, a safety drill that incorporates the training described by Subdivision (2) (D).
(d) A school district shall provide training to students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity related to:
(1) recognizing the symptoms of injuries described by Subsection (c)(2)(D); and
(2) the risks of using dietary supplements designed to enhance or marketed as enhancing athletic performance.
(e) The safety training program and the training under Subsection (d) may be conducted by a school or school district or by an organization described by Subsection (c)(1).
(f) A physician who is employed by a school or school district or who volunteers to assist with an extracurricular athletic activity is not required to complete the safety training program if the physician attends a continuing medical education course that specifically addresses emergency medicine.
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1296, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007
Does Your Organization Needs CPR Trained Staff?
Read the stories below and you decide if you want the coaches that train your kids to know CPR:
Sudden Cardiac Arrest - the athlete collapses
Heat - the athlete appears "out of it" and collapses.
Do You Have a Concussion Protocol?
Tornado - hazardous weather rolls in quickly
Do your child's coaches know what to do in each of these situations?
"... the people who govern sports can't really be assured that the people who are actually present and coaching, officiating or administrating the particular event will know what to do unless they have developed policies and protocols and mechanics that people who are involved might actually utilize."
"... people need to understand that pamphlets won't do it and laws are not a panacea that if you have a law that all of a sudden magically everything will be OK. Somebody has to know when to have the child taken out and evaluated or the whole thing breaks down."