Why Coaches Should Be Taught to Handle Medical Emergencies

Athletics have always been a big part of people’s lives, particularly in America. Sports date back to ancient times when men used to create games to compete in, at times with the ending at the death of their opponent. Fortunately, that does not exist today but many men, women, and children enjoy participating in a variety of sporting activities. Many do it to channel their energy and competitiveness, some do it to be fit and lose weight and others participate for the love of the sport. No matter what type of athlete you are, a good coach is an important component of athletics. Young kids need a coach to show them how to master a skill or how to play the game, professional athletes need capable coaches to ensure that they are playing at their highest capable ability. Coaches these days are required to have a huge amount of experience as well as education in the sport that they coach. The one component, however, that is not required of all coaches is to be trained to know and use CPR Supplies & the use of a AED (Automatic External Defribrillator). This is one of several things coaches should be certified in these days.

Sports are started at much younger ages today and the level of competition is also much higher at a young age too. Kids are playing a sport participating in sports year round instead of a different one every couple of months. This is why, more people are competing in sports today than 20 years ago. With that increased participation, comes increased risk to the players involved. More injuries are happening in sports as athletes push themselves harder than they ever have before. Several younger athletes have seen how lucrative a career in professional sports is and want that for themselves. Because of that pressure to excel in sports, athletes, parents and coaches are feeling compelled to push themselves more than they probably should. This is exactly why it is so important for coaches to be trained to handle various medical emergencies.

Coaches should take classes in basic first aid and CPR as a start. It is required for a teacher so why is it not required for coaches who push their athletes so hard? They should learn basic first aid techniques dealing with sprains, broken bones, cuts,etc. More importantly, they should know CPR and how to use CPR Supplies and a AED in case an athlete can’t breathe and collapses. Immediately starting CPR can literally save someone’s life in those important first moments before the ambulance arrives. All coaches should also have the equipment to revive someone who has collapsed. Several years ago a strong able college basketball player collapsed on the court and died. If they had used an AED they could have used it to save his life. Another happier ending is a story of a teenage girl who was playing softball on a summer night. She was hit by lightning on the softball diamond and the coach used the AED and CPR supplies on her and restarted her heart and saved her life.

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