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Emergency Medical Plans for Youth Sports

An emergency medical plan should include an established set of actions to follow in the event of a medical emergency during a youth sports practice or game. Here is a quick list of items that should be identified in an organization or schools' emergency plan:

Who will provide emergency first aid, including the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED)  in the event a player or spectator goes into cardiac arrest, such as from a blow to the chest causing commotio cordis

Who and how paramedics or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be called

Who will monitor non-injured members of the team during an emergency

How parents will be notified in the event of an emergency

The plan should also make sure that:

Emergency medical devices (AEDs, asthma inhalers, EpiPens for anaphylaxis etc.) are readily available at all times and that coaches are educated in their use

There is an adequate communication system in place at all practices and contests (i.e. cell phone)

Emergency phone numbers and a list of medical conditions for each player are readily available at all practices and games.

Click here to review IHSA Emergency guidelines.

For more, visit http://www.sportssafety.org/articles/emergency-action-plan/



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