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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (NJ) Athletic Trainer Saves the Life of a Spectator

                On April 28, 2015, Laura Friedman was preparing for a lacrosse game at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School like she would any other game. Laura, the school’s Athletic Trainer, was conferring with her coaches at mid field while the team warmed up for their game when she saw a group of people moving quickly in the stands. Upon scanning the area, Laura noticed a gentleman lying supine on the ground near the bleachers. Without hesitation she and the 3 lacrosse coaches ran to the area.
 
                As they reached the location Laura threw her cell phone to a coach and had him call 911. Laura then hopped the fence and knelt next to the man’s head. There was another person knelt next to the man as well – the victims son-in-law, who happened to be an Orthopedist. Laura then sent the site supervisor to open the gate and direct the ambulance to their location upon its arrival at the scene. The ambulance would not arrive in a timely manner as there was a fire at a local gas station that required the attention of Emergency Medical Personnel.  The victim was the grandfather of a senior lacrosse player who was at the game celebrating Senior Day.
 

Sports-Related Eye Injuries: An Educational Fact Sheet for Parents

This NJ Department of Education has announced the availability of Sports-Related Eye Injuries: An Educational Fact Sheet for Parents. Eye injuries are the leading cause of preventable blindness and visual impairment in children, and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. The fact sheet, developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, includes critical information to promote the prevention of eye injuries as well as recommendations for the appropriate management of eye injuries that may occur. Each school district and nonpublic school is required to distribute the educational fact sheet annually to parents or guardians of the students, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.9(b), in order to reduce the needless loss of sight that can occur during sports activities.

Sports-Related Eye Injuries: An Educational Fact Sheet for Parents

This fact sheet may also be accessed at:

http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf.

Questions may be directed to schoolhealthservices@doe.state.nj.us.

 

Diabetes in play: High school athletes don’t let it stop them

At a camp three years ago when he was 12, wrestler Zach McCauley’s blood sugar level dropped. He says he hadn’t passed out yet, but was dozing in a corner. The coaches hadn’t shared the information McCauley had diabetes, and one saw him “sleeping.”
 
“One of the coaches started throwing Post-it notes at me, saying, ‘This isn’t nap time!’ But my brother was there, and he said, ‘He’s a diabetic, he’s not napping.’” They ran to get the athletic trainer, who gave him juice immediately. He felt better quickly, spared from going unconscious.
 
That incident is the only troubling one varsity wrestler McCauley, 15, recalls, as he manages life with diabetes, a disease that affects how the body uses blood sugar (glucose) and can cause serious health problems. As an athlete, “everything just takes an extra step,” he says.  Pricking his finger several times a day, he monitors his blood glucose. He enters on a monitor what food he’s eating, such as carbohydrates, and takes needed insulin from a pump attached to his body.  He disconnects the pump during matches.
 
Larry Cooper, a licensed athletic trainer for Penn Trafford High School (Harrison City, Pa.), and chair of the secondary school committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, said he’s seen more high school athletes with diabetes compared to the past.
 
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of athletes who are insulin-dependent, he said. Penn Trafford now has five athletes with diabetes.
 

New Jersey To Require Cardiac Screenings For All Kids Under 19

New Jersey will soon be the first state in the nation to require health professionals to look for heart disease in young people during physical exams.
 
As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported, right now, only student athletes are required to undergo cardiac screenings before playing organized sports. But concerns about sudden cardiac issues have broadened the requirement.
 
A genetic heart disorder took the lives of five members of Lisa Salberg’s family. Her sister, Lori, died at the young age of 36, and her father also died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – or HCM.
 
And at the age of 12, Salberg was diagnosed with the disorder herself. She is the founder and chief executive officer of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, based in Denville.
 
HCM involves a thickening of the heart, and doctors said it is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in children.
 
Salberg’s 19-year-old daughter, Becca, has the disorder too.
 
“My daughter is now 19. My daughter had an implantable defibrillator put in at the age of 10. But she’s protected,” Salberg said. “And we want be able to give others the opportunity to identify, treat and protect their children.”
 
Salberg said the new cardiac screening law in New Jersey will save lives by making cardiac screening mandatory during wellness checks for kids under 19.
 
The screening involves 14 simple questions.
 

March 31- Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Today brings a close to athletic training month and the athletic training month tips of the day.  At the ATSNJ, we are committed to sports safety so be sure to continue to visit our website as your main resource for sport safety tips and athletic training news.

If you read a tip that you found useful you can always come back to read it.  All tips for March 2015 athletic training month at http://atsnj.org/tags/tip-day

Remember to continue to promote sports safety everyday and that

"We Prepare - You Perform"

 

March 30 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Sports, Exercise, and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism

With the disgnosis of autism on the rise at an alarming rate, more and more students diagnosed with this affliction are beginning to particpate in organized sports.  Its interesting to note that according to Autism Speaks, "research and anecdotal evidence suggest that some alternative therapeutic choices that include sports, exercise, and other physical activities can be a useful adjunct to traditional behavioral interventions, leading to improvement in symptoms, behaviors, and quality of life for individuals with autism."

The Autism Speaks website provides a plethora of excellent information for helping these brave children.

March 29 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

With the Lacrosse regular season fast approaching, its always a good idea to review a few tips regarding helmets in lacrosse.

US Lacrosse has an article on the proper ways to remove a lacrosse helmet facemask, since they can differ from the typical football helmet that many emergency personnel are more familiar with.

Lacrosse Helmet Facemask/Chinguard Removal Hints

US LAcrosse also provides these recommendations for helmet fitting.

March 28 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

 

Ice or Heat for Sports Injury

Do you know when to use ice and when to use heat on a sports injury?

Acute and Chronic Injuries

Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries that occur immediately (or within hours) and cause pain (possibly severe pain). Most often acute injuries result from some sort of impact or trauma such as a fall, sprain, or collision and it's pretty obvious what caused the injury.

Acute injuries also cause common signs and symptoms of injury such as pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation. If you have swelling, you have an acute injury.

Chronic Injuries, on the other hand, can be subtle and slow to develop. They sometimes come and go, and may cause dull pain or soreness. They are often the result of overuse, but sometimes develop when an acute injury is not properly treated and doesn't heal.

Ice

Icing an injured body part is an important part of treatment. Icing injuries can be effective for sprains, strains, overuse injuries and bruises.

DOE releases Student Cardiac Assessment Module

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the availability of the Student Cardiac Assessment professional development module (PD module) required by the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act (P.L.2013, c.71). Physicians, advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants are required to complete the PD module before performing any student-athlete pre-participation physical examination prior to the first official practice of the athletic season starting with 2015-2016 school year. The legislation required the development of the PD module to increase the assessment skills of the health care providers who perform student-athlete physical examinations and screening. The PD module can be found at 

http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/athlete/PDModule.shtml

Additionally, the Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes pamphlet is available at

http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/cardiac.pdf

March 26 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Youth Sports Injury Prevention Suggestion

Here good document on sports safety recommendations.  While  mainly focused on Japan, there are some good pieces of information that are pertinent to sports safety in the United States. Particularly suggestions for reducing injuries and head injuries. There are also some good statistics as well.

Topics covered include:

  • Youth Sports Injury Prevention
  • The scope of the youth sports injury problem in the United States
  • Recommendation to prevent youth sports injuries

To read the entire https://coa.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/AaronLMillerUSAReportforMRIForCOA.pdf

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