3 Take Home Points From This Month's Sports Emergency Care Whitepaper Session Addressing Trends In Spine Boarding Protocols
3 Take Home Points Regarding Spine Boarding Protocols
The October Sports Emergency Care Whitepaper Session is in the books!  But fear not.  If you were not able to attend, you can see the recorded version on YouTube.  In addition, you can subscribe to our channel to be notified when new content becomes available.  Later this week we will be posting a video reviewing the use of a scoop stretcher to transfer an injured athlete.

During this month's session  SMC Program Director Mike Cendoma moderated a program that featured an expert panel including:
  • Mr. Darryl Conway, University of Michigan Sr. Associate Athletic Director
  • Mr. Bradley Wilson, NREMT-P with the Houston Texans
  • Mr. Jason Emmel, NREMT-P with the NY Jets and NY Giants
The panel looked specifically at various aspects of spine boarding protocols, including recent changes suggesting the elimination of the long spine board.  Although there is sound reasoning for changes in EMS protocols for the general population, the same rationale does not seem valid for the equipment-laden athlete.

Here, we provide three take-home points from the program that all athletic trainers should consider: 

  1. In pre-hospital athletic medicine, the emphasis is on quickly stabilizing the patient and moving them to a more controlled environment so that critical care can be more effectively administered;
  2. The NATA position statement argues for removal of equipment prior to transport, but this is not appropriate in every case and should not necessarily indicate that a policy of on-field equipment removal be instituted;
  3. Expert opinion suggests the use of a long spine board is still the preferred method for transferring an injured equipment-laden athlete from the field to the EMS gurney, and facilitates safer transfer in the ER.

To learn more visit Sports Medicine Concepts on YouTube to view the IFS and the SEC-WP recording.  Be sure to Subscribe or Follow @SpMedConcepts to learn when new content becomes available.


Why don't you plan to join us for SMC's next SEC-WP on Monday, November 28, 2016 for Airway Management Considerations for Athletic Trainers.  Space is limited for these sessions and sessions typically fill to capacity quickly. These sessions offer 1 BOC CAT A CEU for athletic trainers.  Registration is $25.


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