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Montclair State University Athletic Training Student Saves a Life

March was Athletic Training Month. The theme of the year is "We’ve Got Your Back." On Thursday, March 20, 2014, senior Athletic Training Education Program student Valentina Glavan took the National Athletic Trainers’ Association slogan literally.
While eating lunch, Montclair State University Assistant Athletic Trainer Joe Savoia started to choke on his sandwich. At first everyone thought he was joking around or trying to create an emergency situation for the students to respond to. Unfortunately, the episode was all too real.
Glavan was nearby and immediately stepped in. She gave Savoia five back blows with no results. He was still choking and getting very anxious. With no hesitation she then applied abdominal thrusts. On the fourth attempt a clump of food shot out of his mouth.
According to Glavan, “the main thing this experience has taught me is that you really never know what's going to happen at any time. Sometimes the things we learn in class, the things we really need to know can get a little tedious and repetitious. We spent a whole semester on Emergency Care and sometimes you think to yourself that ‘it can't happen to me’ but it can – it did."

March 19 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Have you practiced your emergency action plans for a cardiac emergency recently?

You should be preapred at all time for such an emergency, as they can happen : Soccer Star Suffers Heart Attack http://www.registerguard.com/web/sports/27784909-41/muamba-players-attack-bolton-chest.html.csp

To read more about sudden cardaic death emergency planning visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/cardiac


Ewing High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

(L to R): Bud Kowal (Athletic Director, David Csillan, (Athletic Trainer) and Dr. Rodney Logan (Principal) from Ewing High School, proudly display the NATA Safe Sports School Award. Ewing High School was the first in New Jersey to be recognized with this award.

Ewing High School’s Athletic Department was recently honored as a recipient of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award. This prestigious award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide the safest environments for student-athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. Ewing High School is the first school in New Jersey to receive this recognition.
                “Ewing High School is honored to receive this recognition from the NATA. It is a testament to the high quality of care provided by our athletic trainer, Dave Csillan, and our coaches,” Ewing High School Athletic Director Bud Kowal stated. “Our goal is always to keep our student-athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health.”
                In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must demonstrate they do the following:
·         Create a positive athletic health care administration system
·         Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
·         Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
·         Plan for selection, fit, function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
·         Provide a permanent, appropriately-equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes

March 7 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day


Educating parents and coaches on how to help children avoid common sports-related injuries is a top priority for certified athletic trainers who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.

The Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) have created the following checklist to serve as a guide for parents, coaches, administrators and athletes to assure a safe and healthy environment; reduce the risk of injury or death; and in the event of injury, offer an effective emergency plan of action.

For more information visit: http://atsnj.org/article/atsnj-parenthigh-school-safety-checklist



March 5 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Prepare Guidelines For Emergency Planning and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) ) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. To manage SCD during athletic practices and competitions, many health-related organizations have issued management guidelines.

In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, the strongest determinate of survival is the time from cardiac arrest to defibrillation. Access to defibrillation within three to five minutes is essential. Each minute lost reduces the chance of survival by approximately 10 percent. Increased training and the practicing of emergency action plans will help rescuers correctly identify sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and prevent critical delays in beginning resuscitation. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to athletes, officials, team staffs and spectators alike. It’s vital that comprehensive emergency planning, management and preparations are in place to ensure a timely and efficient response to SCA.

To see more information visit: http://atsnj.org/tags/cardiac


March 3 -Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Participation in youth sports is at an all-time high. With participation comes sports injuries: 

  • 1 in 5 Emergency Room Visits are result of sports, recreation, or exercise – 3.65 million/yr (CDC)
  • Injuries to children 15 & under, playing the 29 most popular sports in the United States cost the United States public $49 billion/yr (The Consumer Products Safety Council)
  • An athlete’s injury has an effect on his/her parents, coaches, the team, his schooling,  health care professional, teammates

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The ATSNJ recognizes the important role parents, and coaches  play in preventing injuries and because of this the ATSNJ has developed a presentation to assist ensuring sports safety.

To see this presentation visit: http://www.atsnj.org/documents/pdf/2010_ATSNJSportsSafetyforCoachesandParents.pdf


March 1 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The 2014 theme is "We've Got Your Back".

  • An estimated 1.4 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations occur annually among U.S. high school student athletes participating in practices or competitions in 2006, according to the Center for Disease Control.
  • 62% of sports related injuries occur during practices, according to Safe Kids USA
  • 75 % of all school-related spinal cord injuries occur during sports activities according to a 2007 study by the American Academy of Neurology.
  • 15% of high school sports injuries were classified as severe by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons according to a 2008 study
  • More than 5% of high school athletes are concussed each year from collision and contact sports according Journal of Athletic Training
  • 41% of concussed high school athletes returned to competition too soon according to the American Academy of Neurology

Athletic trainers are highly skilled licensed health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians and are uniquely qualified to specialize in providing health care to the physically active population.  

For more information on how  "We've Got Your Back", visit:  http://atsnj.org/page/Information-about-athletic-trainers

Jets Athletic Trainers Perform CPR On Ailing Elderly Airplane Passenger In Newark

Jets assistant athletic trainers Josh Koch (left) and Dave Zuffelato (right) helped an elderly woman in distress on an Indianapolis-bound airplane last week. (Courtesy of Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society). Original article written by Darryl Slater

A big part of the NFL Combine is the medical exams that happen in Indianapolis. NFL teams send their medical staffs there to get a reading on prospects’ physical conditions. It is an exhaustively thorough process, and teams dispatch several members of their medical and athletic training staffs to participate in it.
So it was that the Jets’ two assistant trainers, Josh Koch and Dave Zuffelato, found themselves on an airplane last Monday, preparing to depart Newark’s airport for Indianapolis. Koch and Zuffelato were part of the Jets’ five-person athletic training staff last season. It is led by John Mellody, and also included three seasonal interns.
The door had just closed on Koch and Zuffelato’s flight when a passenger alerted others onboard that an elderly woman sitting next to her was in severe distress and required assistance. Koch and Zuffelato came to the woman’s aid, along with a doctor on board who identified himself as an ICU/cardiologist.
The three men worked together to remove the woman from the plane and bring her to the jet way, where they performed CPR for about five minutes until paramedics arrived. Shortly thereafter, the three men returned to the plane, and it took off for Indianapolis.
“We’re conditioned to help people,” Zuffelato said about the incident, which was first reported Monday morning on National Football Post by David Chao, a former NFL head team doctor. “When the situation arose, the doctor, Josh and I did our best to help.”

Marlboro, NJ High School Athletic Trainer Saves the Life of a Spectator

It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon at Marlboro High School for Mark Bramble, the licensed athletic trainer for the Mustangs. He was preparing like any other afternoon for the days games, on this day it was Varsity and JV Girls’ Basketball against Middletown High School. He had prepared the gym, evaluated and treated many injuries and had prepared his athletes for competition using the many injury prevention techniques he is trained to do. Saving somebody’s life certainly wasn’t on his mind.     
But when a specatator suffered a cardiac episode in the stands at the basketball game, Mark put his years of training and education into action and turned a regular day into an unforgettable one. . “The first words out of everyone in the gym was, “Get the Athletic Trainer”. Said Dave Ryden, Athletic Director at Marlboro High School. “Within seconds of hearing that call, my Athletic Trainer, Mark Bramble responded to the scene, had 911 called and retrieved the AED. Mark, a nurse (that happened to be in the gym watching her daughter play), and I proceeded to perform CPR on this gentlemen until the paramedics arrived. Words cannot express enough the importance of having trained healthcare personnel as part of my athletic staff. Mark’s importance to the safety and well-being of the student-athletes and spectators is immeasurable, and he is irreplaceable.”

Treating Traumatic Game-time Injuries

An excellent article from Philly.com.

"As the world recently watched Kevin Ware’s horrific leg injury, many questions arose. How much pain is he in? How does this happen? Will the doctors be able to fix it? Will he return to basketball? 

Behind the scenes, the medical team (usually consisting of a certified athletic trainer and team physician) is only thinking about attending to the injury quickly so there is no further damage and the athlete is made as comfortable as possible. Only later will they try to figure out why this happened and if something like this could be prevented in the future..."

Read the full article here...


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