Concussions: Better education is still needed

Raiders CB David Amerson expected to play after suffering concussion “I feel fine, good. I feel normal, ready to go,” Amerson said. “It wasn’t really a blow to the head, I got kind of hit under my chin so it was more like getting knocked out. I was knocked out for a minute. With the trainers being on their job they were being very cautious of what was going on, what my steps were after that happened. I’ll be cool.” Impact Locations and Concussion Outcomes in High School Football Player-to-Player Collisions “Among high school football players who sustained concussions due to player-to-player collisions, concussion outcomes were generally independent of impact location.” “impact location is li

CPR - Responsive or Unresponsive?

The words responsive and unresponsive are used in all the Basic Life Support (BLS) literature. All BLS instructors are taught to use both terms when describing and assessing a potential victim. Yet, no where in the literature are the terms clearly defined for the lay rescuer. One of the interesting findings of our user testing for the TeamSafe™ App was that most people did not understand what responsive and unresponsive mean in the context of dealing with a player down on the field. The confusion was with regard to the relationship of breathing to responsiveness. In other words, could the player be breathing and unresponsive? The quick answer is "yes." (Ref) Let's review the steps one by one

The First 5 to 7 Minutes – Are You Prepared?

Some Statistics About 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest. (Ref) About 75 percent to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home (Ref) Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time (Ref) If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. (Ref) Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. (R

Youth Sports: Reality Strikes

The year of 2016 was a tough one for youth sports. 11 - Saline wrestler dies following medical emergency after school 12/10/16 "Estrada became unresponsive after school on Friday while preparing for wrestling practice, and his teammates quickly contacted staff. EMS arrived at the scene, and then Estrada was transported to the University of Michigan Hospital" 10 - Joshua player dies after seizure at JV football game in Cleburne 11/04/16 “There wasn’t a major hit. There’s wasn’t anything major,” Walker said. “You could see the young man walked off the field. The young man came over and talked to their trainer and said he had a headache.” 9 - Spot Valley High basketball player dies 11/04/16 “Sa

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