Protective Equipment in Sports

presented by Danny Smith

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One of the primary responsibilities of the sports medicine professional is the prevention of injury. What role does the sports medicine professional play in the proper fit of protective equipment and what is the role of the sports medicine professional in the modification of this equipment? This course will provide information regarding the proper fitting of protective equipment and cautions regarding the modification of such equipment. Protective equipment is designed to absorb the shock of collision and/or contact in sports. Proper fitting of protective equipment is the first step in the prevention or minimization of sports related injury, especially in contact and/or collision sports. Problems may be encountered by the sports medicine professional with the modification of such equipment. This course thoroughly investigates these potential issues and includes demonstrations of fit, question and answer discussions, and 3D models to provide a rigorous overview of protective equipment for the sports medicine professional.

Meet Your Instructor

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

    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 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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Purpose of Protective Equipment

    1. The Purpose of Protective Equipment

    This chapter explores the historical development of different types of protective equipment. Danny Smith also covers the legal risks of protective equipment modification, including the concept of duty, what may occur when a breach of duty occurs, and questions of causation and damage.

  2. Equipment Standards and Fitting

    2. Equipment Standards and Fitting

    Danny Smith describes the NOCSAE standards for the helmet and how these standards were developed. He further discusses the result of the increasing interest in safety standards. Finally, this chapter covers multiple types of protective padding including air management pads, gel pads, felt pads, orthoplast, and casting material.

  3. Proper Fit

    3. Proper Fit

    In this chapter, Danny Smith explains how to properly fit many different types of protective equipment though both lecture and live demonstration. This chapter covers proper fit of football, baseball, and hockey helmets, as well as face and eye protection and neck and ear protection.

  4. Other Forms of Protective Equipment

    4. Other Forms of Protective Equipment

    In addition to helmets and protective padding, various other types of protective equipment can be used with athletes. This chapter covers other forms of protective equipment, including demonstrations of the sawa brace, rib protectors, protective pads, arm and leg braces, and chest and shoulder protection.

  5. Protective Equipment Q&A

    5. Protective Equipment Q&A

    This course concludes with a question and answer session between Justin Smith and Danny Smith on their experiences with protective equipment.