Mississippi Link Newswire
Southern University joined forces with schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference including Jackson State University, the Southeastern Conference, local emergency medical services and hospitals for a private, invitation-only eight-hour course July 9, on the campus of Louisiana State University.
The focus was primarily on athletic trainers, team physicians, emergency medical technicians and emergency room department personnel for an intensive training session on relevant emergency conditions athletes face.
More than 100 participants witnessed facilitation at the LSU Football Operations Facility. Eight continuing education credit contact hours were made available for ATs, EMTs and MDs in attendance.
The Emergency Care Course was developed in response to Southern University football player Devon Gales’ cervical spine injury. Gales suffered a spinal injury during a game in early fall 2015 at the University of Georgia.
Emergency conditions include heat-related illnesses, spine boarding, sudden cardiac death and more. Attendees of this course learned about emergencies in athletics and proper responses.
Topics included emergency evaluation, hemorrhage control, athletic head injuries, cervical spine injuries and emergency airway and oxygen administration.
Attendees will be able to explain and apply best practices for management of athletic emergencies; practice scenario-based athletic emergency techniques; and develop interdisciplinary health care teams to provide on-field emergency care.
The event was made possible by Cramer Products, LTCA Workers Comp; Southern University; the SEC Sports Medicine Committee; the University of Georgia; University of Florida; Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Ga.; Athens Technical College, Athens, Ga.; Baton Rouge General; and Acadian Ambulance.