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Emergency Management: Musculoskeletal 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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When not recognized and taken care of properly, musculoskeletal injuries can have serious consequences. As a sports physical therapist, you must be able to provide effective pre-hospital care to the athlete. In this course, Danny Smith will outline emergency procedures for musculoskeletal injuries, including rapid response protocols, accurate primary screening, appropriate injury management, and effective patient stabilization for transport to a medical facility for advanced medical care. This course will also outline proper management for acute musculoskeletal injuries, including bracing, taping and splinting, as well as when to allow an athlete to return to play.

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. Immobilization

In this chapter, Danny Smith provides an introduction to the importance of emergency management for acute musculoskeletal injures. The participant will be able to identify signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries, and provide appropriate management, including when to call EMS, the importance of immobilization and how to correctly splint an injury.

2. Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries

Management of fractures requires the identification of a fracture, as well as the ability to identify appropriate splinting techniques. In this chapter, Danny Smith will cover different types of splints and when to apply them as well as how and when to tape the lower extremity.

3. Musculoskeletal Dislocations

Dislocations are a common injury among athletes. This chapter covers the common mechanism of injury for dislocations, signs and symptoms, and how an athlete can self-locate their shoulder. This chapter will also teach the appropriate application of slings for the upper quarter.

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