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Athletic training staff to host emergency procedures seminar

General Information | Aug. 6, 2013

PELLA-Central College’s athletic training staff and the Pella Community Ambulance staff are teaming up to promote safety for high school football athletes.

They are scheduled to present three seminars on “Emergency Procedures for Care of the High School Football Athlete.” The seminar sessions are scheduled from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the Exercise Science Building and H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.

Seminars cover many issues including concussions, heat illnesses and spine injuries. The sessions are free for National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) members and current, state-licensed emergency care providers (EMR, EMT, AEMT and paramedic). Cost for non-NATA members and those who are not current, state-licensed emergency care providers is $15. Registration is from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Exercise Science Building lobby.

Seminar schedule:


6:30 p.m. - Concussion Recognition, Assessment, and Return to Play – Leslie Duinink, athletic trainer
Research in the area of sport related concussion has provided the health care community with valuable new knowledge in recent years. As a result, health care professionals have been forced to re-think their management strategies. The purpose of this seminar is to provide clinicians with a summary of these latest findings, as they pertain to injury epidemiology, recognition, clinical care, and return to play decisions. The session will make reference to the "NATA’s Position Statement on Management of Sport-Related Concussion" and the "Zurich International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport."

7:30 p.m. - Heat Illness: Current Evidence-Based Practice for the Athletic Trainer and EMT – Dustin Briggs, athletic trainer
Basic heat illnesses common in sport and physical activity. Topics will include prevention, differential diagnosis and treatment of all illnesses. A discussion on supplies and emergency policies that should be in place to handle such conditions will also be presented. The session will make reference to the "NATA’s Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illness."

8:30 p.m. - Spine boarding and Facemask removal of the Spine Injured Football Player – Doug Polking, Pella Ambulance staff and Dustin Briggs, athletic trainer
The seminar will focus on quick assessment, rapid removal of facemask of multiple styles, proper in-line stabilization, and multiple variations of transfer and immobilization to a spineboard including both prone and supine positions. The session will reference the "NATA Position Statement on Acute Management of the Cervical Spine-Injured Athlete," "Management of the Helmeted Athlete with Suspected Cervical Spine Injury from the AJSM" and "Prehospital Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete," a document from the "Inter-Association Task Force for Appropriate Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete."


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