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Emergency Management: Athlete Care, Spinal, and Visceral Injuries

presented by Danny Smith

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The sports medicine professional must be trained and have practiced the management of the athlete with suspected spinal or visceral injuries. These practice sessions should take place prior to the season and incorporate all individuals associated with the care of the athlete. This includes those individuals on the sidelines (including physicians), emergency care personnel, coaches and other individuals identified by the emergency care team. In some instances, spinal and visceral injuries can be life threatening. Coordination of this team for on the field and off the field treatment ensures effective treatment of these athletes. Knowing how to treat, diagnose, and manage return to play for spinal and visceral injuries is essential for protecting the athlete. This course provides an in depth discussion of visceral and spinal injuries, including potential mechanisms, signs and symptoms, and management of these conditions.

Meet Your Instructor

Danny Smith, PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC

Danny D. Smith, PT, DHSc, OCS, SCS, ATC graduated from the University of Tennessee Memphis with a BS Degree in Physical Therapy in 1972. He completed his Master’s Degree at East Tennessee State University in 1979 and his Doctor of Health Sciences at the University of St. Augustine in 1999, making him one of the…

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1. Pre-Hospital Care: The Emergency Action Plan

In this chapter, Danny Smith emphasizes the importance of an emergency action plan, informs the viewer of the different essential components of an emergency action plan, and provides rules of evaluation for an injury on the sidelines and on the field. The lecture discusses how to obtain objective information, diagnoses, and the initial management of the injury. The chapter concludes with tips for entering into emergency care for athletes.

2. Spinal Injuries

When discussing spinal injuries, burners and stingers are a common occurrence among athletes. Danny Smith covers the anatomy, cause, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and return to play for burners, stingers, and skull fractures. The chapter concludes with considerations for the immediate stabilization of spinal injuries on the field for unconscious and conscious athletes.

3. Visceral Injuries

This chapter covers a variety of visceral injuries and focuses especially on chest and abdominal injuries. Danny Smith explains the mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, and management for a variety of visceral injuries, specifically focusing on chest and abdominal injuries. The conditions discussed include costochondral separation, tension pneumothorax, hernia, liver contusions, appendicitis, and pelvic avulsion, among other visceral injuries.

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