A big part of an athletic trainer’s job is preventing injuries. Whether it’s through medical screenings, strengthening, conditioning, taping, bracing or some other method, athletic trainers try to keep injuries from occurring. Unfortunately, nothing can prevent all injuries from happening, and so athletic trainers are taught how handle medical emergencies when they happen. They are required to go through yearly CPR and AED recertification, and not the level of certification that the average person may take, but the highest level offered. They receive the same CPR training that paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and other medical professionals receive.
Athletic Trainers have continuing education yearly by attending seminars, and workshops, taking home study courses, and more. They develop, implement, review, and continuously update emergency action plans (EAP). They make sure their staff and coaches know these EAPs. They regularly practice their EAPS and receive training on updated procedures and methods of handling medical emergencies.
In the last 15 months, I myself have attended two symposia (EATA 2012 & 2013), a 4 hour workshop on emergency athletic equipment removal, a 4 hour seminar on head injuries, a workshop on emergency airway management (at EATA 2013), four 2 hour meetings with the athletic trainers in each of the leagues (2 leagues with 2 meetings each) my teams compete in to discuss EAPs and caring for our athletes as a group, a 2 hour meeting and continuing education with SOATS (Section One Athletic Trainers’ Society of NY), a second workshop on emergency airway management that was sponsored by SOATS on March 2, 2013 to kickoff and celebrate National Athletic Training Month 2013, and countless hours reading new literature and journals (as well as a 2 hour workshop on sports nutrition).
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