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Brian W. Potter

Column-editor : James M. Mensch

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Richard J. Boergers, Thomas G. Bowman, Nicole Sgherza, Marguerite Montjoy, Melanie Lu and Christopher W. O’Brien

Key Points ▸ Lack of personnel and training are barriers for prehospital equipment removal. ▸ Athletic trainers do not frequently practice equipment removal with emergency medical services (EMS). ▸ Athletic trainers do not have confidence in EMS equipment removal skills. One of the primary roles of

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Lindsey E. Eberman, Stephanie M. Mazerolle, Kelly D. Pagnotta, Kristin A. Applegate, Douglas J. Casa and Carl M. Maresh

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Carol Biddington, Mary Popovich, Noel Kupczyk and Joni Roh


Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) must be able to manage sport-related emergencies.


To report emergency medical services (EMS) directors’ perception of how ATCs manage emergencies and ATCs’ comfort level in managing them.


2 descriptive questionnaires.


EMS directors (n = 64) were asked about their perceptions of ATCs’ ability to handle emergencies. ATCs (n = 224) identified their comfort level with handling emergencies.


EMS directors who had preseason meetings with ATCs had a significantly better perception of the ATCs’ ability to handle emergencies than did those who did not have preseason meetings. ATCs with advanced certifications (emergency medical technician-basic, emergency medical technician-paramedic, and automated external defibrillator) were more comfortable handling emergencies than those without.


EMS directors and ATCs revealed that ATCs could manage most emergencies that might arise in athletic activities. ATCs had a higher perception of their own ability to manage emergency situations than did the EMS directors.

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believed athletic trainers are the most qualified health care providers to perform athletic equipment removal. a. True b. False 13. In order to reach the adequate number of personnel, most athletic trainers will need to work with emergency medical services personnel to perform their desired emergency

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Zachary Y. Kerr, Susan W. Yeargin, Yuri Hosokawa, Rebecca M. Hirschhorn, Lauren A. Pierpoint and Douglas J. Casa

(fatigue, electrolyte losses, cardiovascular inefficiency, and hypohydration); in particular, the treatment of exertional heat stroke has focused on rapidly reducing core body temperature via cold-water immersion. Transportation for EHI by emergency medical services has also been used, with previous

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Riana R. Pryor, Douglas J. Casa, Susan W. Yeargin and Zachary Y. Kerr

backup 21.5 (175/814) 18.7 (62/331) 23.4 (113/483) .112 Abbreviations: AT = athletic trainer; EHI = exertional heat illness; EMS = emergency medical services. Note . p values are from χ 2 tests unless the expected cell sizes are <5, for which a Fisher exact test was performed. p  ≤ .05 indicates

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Kelley D. Henderson, Sarah A. Manspeaker and Zevon Stubblefield

for the arrival of emergency medical services. Upon admission to the ED (14:26), the patient’s vitals were recorded as a blood pressure of 119/69 mmHG and a pulse rate of 103 beats per minute. The patient was unable to produce urine for analysis at this time; however, blood tests performed at 14

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Gary Allen, Kristy Smith, Brady Tripp, Jason Zaremski and Seth Smith

state he was recovering from a gastrointestinal illness from 1 day ago. The patient became increasingly unresponsive, with acute mental status decline within 30–60 s, prompting the athletic trainer to activate emergency medical services (EMS). Given the patient’s symptoms and the 80° wet bulb globe

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Xiao Bao, Jie-Wen Tan, Ying Long, Howe Liu and Hui-Yu Liu

’s distress. Then the subject will be released from the whole study. In case of a severe reaction, emergency medical services will be provided. Clinical Assessments The baseline information included age, gender, and time of onset. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Activities-specific Balance Confidence