Our Youth Athletes NEED Your Help! #NATM2013 #YouthSafety

NATM_2013_2blueA 15 year old soccer player goes up to head a soccer ball during a game, knocks heads with an opposing player, and drops to the ground unconscious. A 16 year old softball player squares up to bunt, gets hit in the chest with a fastball, makes it halfway to first and collapses. A 17 year old receiver goes up for a pass, his legs are knocked out from under him, he lands on his head snapping his neck to the side, and can’t move any part of his body. A 12 year old track runner is stung by a bee and goes into anaphylactic shock. A 13 year old basketball player goes into a diabetic coma at practice. A 14 year old wrestler with an undiagnosed heart condition collapses at practice.

All of these are realistic scenarios that happen all over our country every year. At 58% of high schools across the country there is only a coach, who may or may not have basic first aid training, available to handle the emergency. In youth leagues outside of the school, there is only a coach, and chances are they don’t have even basic first aid training, as they are often a parent volunteer. Every year youth athletes fail to receive proper emergency medical care when they need it. This must change.

There is currently a **petition (petition failed) being circulated online to change this. The petition is trying to ensure the availability of an athletic trainer to ALL youth athletes. Athletic trainers are sports medicine professionals that are trained in prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. They receive and continually practice emergency medical techniques including: professional level CPR and AED, emergency airway management, immobilization of spinal cord injuries, recognition of concussions, diabetic emergencies, severe allergic reactions, heat and cold injuries, heart problems, breathing emergencies and more. ALL pro and college athletes have an athletic trainer protecting their safety, don’t our youth athletes deserve the same? Please sign and share the **petition (failed). The child’s life you save may be your own…

March is National Athletic Training Month: Every Body Needs An Athletic Trainer

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About Douglas Sawyer, MS, ATC

I am an athletic trainer who is also a very avid athlete. My first love is running, but I also love cycling and triathlons and many other activities. I'm not a swimmer though, I just don't drown for 2.4 miles... As a athletic trainer I work with sports injuries. I currently work at a school with athletes in 7th-12th grade in a wide variety of sports. I can be found on twitter at two different names: @IronmanLongRunr - where I tweet about run, bike, tri, & more @Longrunr - where I tweet about athletic training
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