Rich Peverley suffers a cardiac event on March 10, 2014. Athletic Trainers Dave Zeis and Craig Lowry. This article form Bleacher Report describes the emergency treatment he received.
Freddy Meyer collapses at centre ice on February 3, 2011. Athletic Trainer Tommy Alva was first on the ice.
Alex Cobb, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays is hit by a pitch. Head Athletic Trainer Ron Porterfield does an amazing job of dealing with Cobb and keeping the scene clear. Shout out to the Kansas City staff for assisting on the field.
As you can see having an Athletic Therapist or Athletic Trainer on your bench or sidelines can save a life. ATs are not just for professional athletes. To ensure the safety of all athletes please push your organizations, leagues and teams to have Athletic Therapists and Athletic Trainers there. Not all teams can have team physicians and as you have seen the physicians are not the first on site. It does not matter the sport or the level injuries happen and someone needs to be prepared and trained to deal with minor muscle injuries to severe ones such as a spinal cord injuries.
For more information on Athletic Therapists please visit www.athletictherapy.org and for Athletic Trainers www.nata.org
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