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Medical Planning for Athletic Events

Eric Laudano (Athletic Trainer): His Quick Action Saved A Coach's Life

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam has asked 30 experts to write a blog answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from Eric Laudano, Head Athletic Trainer and Manager of Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a MomsTeam expert.

By Eric Laudano, M.H.S, ATC

It's not every day that an athletic trainer gets to save a life, but that's exactly what happened when he was callled to help a college coach lying unconscious, not breathing, and without a pulse in the parking lot outside the school's basketball center.

Tournaments and Showcases: Planning for Injuries and Medical Emergencies Essential

As competition for athletic scholarships ratchets ever higher, an increasingly popular way for high school athletes to be seen by college scouts and coaches is by attending elite tournaments and so-called "showcases." But has the event organizer taken appropriate steps to prevent injuries, and to provide first-aid in the event of minor injuries and transport more seriously injured athletes to the nearest hospital emergency room? Here's a checklist.
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