Parents and Sports Safety
You are a parent of a child who plays sports.
We all assume that when we drop our child(ren) off at sport practice or a game (competition) that our child will be safe, that there is a person present who knows what to do in an emergency medical situation.
What if ...
Your child goes down, is not breathing, has no pulse, and is face-down.
He has a football helmet on.
There are no medical professionals on the scene.
Do you turn him over?
Do you remove the facemask to get to his airway?
How, do you have the right tool to remove the facemask (did you know you needed one)?
Youth athlete safety initiatives can advance only by making teamwork, culture, and stakeholder (athlete/parent/coach/administrator) engagement a key focus.
"Nearly all of the causes of death in sport are influenced by the care [provided] in the first five to seven minutes." Ref
“Most Americans (70%) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.” Ref
"most coaches do not have the proper medical education to treat injuries or recognize the common causes of life-threatening medical conditions, which puts the lives of athletes in jeopardy." Ref
“Only 45% of schools reviewed and practiced their emergency action plan at least once annually and only 20% of schools posted their emergency action plan at athletic venues.” Ref
Only 37% of all high schools have even one full time athletic trainer and 30% of all high schools have no athletic training services whatsoever. Ref
How confident are you after reading the above that your child's emergency situation will be handled properly?
Even the most highly trained physicians can make wrong decisions in the highly charged atmosphere of a player down. Read this story.
Advancing youth athlete safety requires an overarching shift from reactive, piecemeal interventions to a total systems approach in which safety is systematic and uniformly applied across the entire youth sports environment.
The National Federation of State High School Associations states, "In those situations where a full-time trainer is not an option, schools must assign those duties to other individuals and develop an alternate plan for dealing with catastrophic injuries." Ref]
What about league and club sports? Who is making sure that these duties are assigned and an alternate plan is developed?
Enter TeamSafe™. TeamSafe™ was developed with input from a team of U.S. Olympic team doctors and trainers, emergency room physicians, pediatricians, professional athletes, parents, coaches, athletic directors, league administrators, and an emergency medical services operator. We have organized all of the "safety stuff" and put it on the phones of the people who need it when time is critical: you, coaches, and administrators.
So what can you do? Ask if your school/league/club/fitness facility has a plan. Ask your school/league/club/fitness to require our App so that you, your child's coach, and the school/league/club/fitness facility has that plan.
"I sort of just sit there, secretly hoping at the end of every game that they walk of the field in one piece"