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.
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 first to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the US. Dr. Smith's area of study was the pre-hospital care of injured athletes by physical therapists. He also completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician and was actively involved with the Burke County (NC) Rescue Squad for a number of years. Due to his involvement in the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA, Dr. Smith was presented with the Turner A. Blackburn Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Ron Peyton Award, which is the highest award presented by the SPTS. In 1996, Dr. Smith became an instructor with the American Red Cross in Emergency Response and became an Emergency Response Instructor Trainer. His goal was to educate physical therapists in emergency care on the field, in the community, and in the classroom. Since 1996, Dr. Smith has completed over 200 Emergency Response and Emergency Medical Response classes and continues to conduct classes today. If you are interested in attending or hosting a class in your facility, please contact Dr. Smith.
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.
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.
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.