How can parents and coaches be prepared?
Around here, we’re always all about CPR, AED and first aid training. Youth sports coaches, whether paid or volunteer, are the go-to adults on the field, and states have varying requirements and recommendations for the level of emergency care training, if any, a coach must have. “I can’t emphasize how important it is to have someone on the field at youth games trained in CPR,” Crites said. “If there is no ambulance at the field, there are very few minutes available for survival after sudden cardiac arrest.” The USA Football article focuses on compression-only CPR, which is an effective, easy-to-learn alternative to full CPR. Whichever CPR method a bystander chooses to use, the sooner someone takes action in an emergency, the better the chances of a good outcome. Coaches should check their state regulations and consult with their emergency care training center to see if there are any stipulations regarding the types of CPR in which they should be trained. Even beyond CPR, there’s a lot more for coaches to consider. For example, we couldn’t agree more with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s 101 Tips for Youth Sports Coaches brochure, which offers these excellent health and safety ideas:
72.Check environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity, surface of practice field) before practice and competition, and modify unsafe conditions and/or make adjustments. 75.Keep athletes’ emergency contact information with you at all times. 76.Be prepared to implement an emergency action plan.80.Be knowledgeable about your athletes’ medical conditions as they affect sport participation.81.Follow privacy regulations related to personal health information (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA).83.Develop the knowledge to recognize injuries and provide immediate and appropriate care. 84.Follow the league’s procedures for reporting serious injuries. Inspired to take that CPR/AED/first aid class? Call us today to discuss training.