On Friday, the UGA sports association and the Piedmont Regional Medical Center in Athens held their annual Sports Emergency Care course for high school coaches and sports medicine providers. More than 100 local school representatives participated in the program, which was conducted at Georgia Football’s Butts-Mehre Complex.
“The co-sponsorship of the annual conference “Emergency Care in Sport for High School Coaches and Sports Medicine Providers” with the University of Georgia Athletic Association is a privilege for Piedmont Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Athens. and Piedmont Healthcare. This event gives our physicians and sports medicine staff the opportunity to share the latest clinical practices and provide training in lifesaving techniques to coaches and trainers who work with high school student-athletes and seek to make sports participation as safe as possible,” said Dee Burkett, executive director of patient services at Piedmont Regional Medical Center in Athens. “We are honored to be the official healthcare provider for the Georgia Bulldogs and to work with UGAA to improve the safety of student-athletes in high school sports.”
The event program included separate agendas for sports medicine staff and sports coaches and staff.
“Fortunately, sports emergencies don’t happen very often; however, when they do occur, proper emergency care is essential,” said Ron Courson, executive assistant athletic director for sports medicine at UGA Athletics. “The Emergency Care in Sport course teaches high school sports coaches and medical professionals how to respond to sports emergencies. Course participants learn how to develop an emergency action plan, recognize emergency situations and provide appropriate care. We recognize the value of sport and want to help create the safest environment for our young student-athletes.
The sports medicine program included presentations on managing medical emergencies in the young athlete, recognizing and responding to sudden cardiac arrest, common orthopedic trauma, the rise of mental health emergencies in adolescents, and the care and acute management of the spine. The event concluded with several emergency skills “lab sessions” at the Bulldogs’ indoor training facility to demonstrate proper procedures and best practices for many of the aforementioned topics.
The coaches and staff itinerary included discussions on exertional heat illness, concussion management, contingency planning and C-spine care, duct tape and first aid and community preparedness for CPR and AED.
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