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What training and credentials should coaches and staff working with athletes have?

Dr. Barrow discusses training and credentials coaches and staff who work with athletes should have. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What training and credentials should coaches and staff working with athletes have?

The training that coaches and other athletic staff should have if they're working with athletes is basically to recognize emergency situations and activate an Emergency Medical System if that's necessary, as well as render the First Aid and first steps if somebody's having an emergency. We don't expect them to be doctors, we don't expect them to be nurses or paramedics. But we do expect them to learn, okay, these are the signs and symptoms of a concussion, or heat stroke or major hemorrhage. And so we teach them that in classes that are offered through the OHSAA as well as some of the hospitals and sports medicine centers. They're called Coaches' Clinics, for lack of a better term, that teaches them the emergency things that they need know as far as identifying who's been hurt, who might be seriously hurt and need to be squadded out, and that type of thing. That's done on a regular basis. They also include CPR as a part of that now, so all of our coaches are routinely getting certified in this Coaches' Clinic as well as in CPR.


In an ideal situation, all school staff should strive to have current training in first aid, CPR, and AED use, according to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon (AHA).

However, there must at least be a sufficient number of staff – which would include coaches – trained as responders, according to the AHA. This means they would be able to retrieve and bring emergency equipment to any part of the school ground within 3 minutes of a cardiac emergency. These responders should be trained in knowing how to respond to an emergency – for example, knowing to call 9-1-1 first – as well as knowing how to use an AED, be proficient in CPR, and be able to begin first aid steps as needed, according to the AHA.

Schools should do drills with staff throughout the year to practice what to do in the case of these types of emergencies, according to the AHA.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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