A Program Worth Promotion

We have highlighted Advocates for Injured Athletes on here with the story of Tommy Mallon told through the eyes of his mother Beth.  Not only are they continuing to fight for athletic trainers on the sidelines of every school they have come up with an initiative that makes too much sense – Athletes Saving Athletes.

What is Athletes Saving Athletes™?

Athletes Saving Athletes™ (ASA) is a +unique, peer-to-peer education program designed to empower student athletes with skills to help them recognize signs and symptoms of life-threatening injuries and conditions. The goal of ASA is to reduce the risk and incidence of injury and death for high school athletes using the power of kids talking to kids.

Why is the ASA Program Needed?

Every year, more than 1.4 million high school athletes in the U.S. suffer a traumatic or fatal injury. Most of these accidents are preventable. While some schools staff a certified athletic trainer, these personnel cannot be present at all the practices and competitions of every school sport. The ASA program provides student athletes basic knowledge and skills that could help save a life.

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AAN: “A New Game Plan for Concussion”

The American Academy of Neurology has defined a more comprehensive stance when dealing with concussions.  The AAN released a position statement regarding the initial management of concussions, last November;

1. Any athlete who is suspected to have suffered a concussion should be removed from participation until he or she is evaluated by a physician with training in the evaluation and management of sports concussions.

2. No athlete should be allowed to participate in sports if he or she is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

3. Following a concussion, a neurologist or physician with proper training should be consulted prior to clearing the athlete for return to participation.

4. A certified athletic trainer should be present at all sporting events, including practices, where athletes are at risk for concussion.

5. Education efforts should be maximized to improve the understanding of concussion by all athletes, parents, and coaches.

Neurology Now a publication for “healthy living for parents and their families” has published an article by Kate Gamble that takes a closer look at why the statement was made.  With the back drop of new and expanding research along with stories like Tommy Mallon Gamble interviews the likes of Dr. Julian Bailes and Dr. Jeffery Kutcher to explain why we need to readjust the stigma of concussions; Continue reading