• Richmond Remembers Basketball Leaders Lost in Crash

    by Super User May 2014

    By Hank Kurz Jr., Alan Suderman and Larry O'Dell The Associated Press RICHMOND One was the constant in University of Richmond women's basketball, the beloved assistant coach who had been on staff for 15 seasons, remaining through two coaching changes. The other was barely out of college, always cheerful and willing to help. Associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were killed Friday in a fiery hot air balloon crash along with the pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, who had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as "Capt. Kirk." The three were mourned Sunday by friends, family and colleagues.

  • Balloon Accident Claims U. of Richmond Athletics Staffers

    by Jonathan D. Epstein; News staff Reporter May 2014

    The family of former Nardin Academy star swimmer Natalie M. Lewis struggled Sunday to grapple with her death in a hot-air balloon accident, after the last of three bodies from the Virginia disaster was recovered. "Obviously, it's terrible news," said a family spokesman. "Everybody's just trying to do the best we all can." Virginia State Police notified the family early Sunday afternoon that the body of the third victim, a woman, had been found at about 11 a.m. It was discovered about 100 yards north of where the second body was found 24 hours earlier, the family spokesman said.

  • AED Saves Player at Senior Citizen Hoops Tournament

    by MEGHANN M. CUNIFF May 2014

    When a man collapsed from a heart attack during a senior citizen basketball tournament at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, two starkly different things saved his life: luck and technology. A player on the opposing team who happened to be a retired heart surgeon rushed to help. And a quick-thinking city employee grabbed a seldom-used life-saving device that medical experts recommend all public places have: an automated external defibrillator. The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses cardiac irregularities and treats them with electric shocks designed to help the heart re-establish its regular rhythm.

  • Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events

    by Dennis Van Milligen April 2014

    No one anticipated — no one could have anticipated — what happened on that day," recalls Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. An avid runner with more than 40 marathons under his belt, including last year's Boston Marathon, Evans has been preparing harder for this year's Boston Marathon than any other race he's run. But unlike previous years, his morning runs with a member of the Boston Athletic Association aren't meant as training for his participation in the race; they are meant as preparation for his more daunting task of protecting the race.

  • NJ High Schools Preparing for New Safety Mandates

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    New Jersey high schools will soon have new rules in place aimed at keeping student-athletes safer.

  • Flood Emergency Provides Lessons in Crisis Management

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2014

    As a gym owner or manager, there's one phone call, above all others, that you do not want at 1 a.m. — a call from your alarm company.

  • Navy Freshman Dies After Collapse at Football Practice

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Navy freshman football player Will McKamey died while in a coma Tuesday night, three days after he collapsed during a Midshipmen football practice. He was 19.

  • Blog: Every Athlete Deserves a Certified Athletic Trainer

    by Mike Hopper, Guest Contributor March 2014

    Youth sports injuries seem to continue to pile up. Unfortunately so do the fatalities. In recent years, we’ve heard about many football players who have died after suffering brain trauma. We’ve heard reports of athletes who have died of sudden cardiac death. And we’ve heard of athletes dying of heat illnesses such as exertional heat stroke or sickle cell anemia. In response to that, there have been significant regulations in the way of law or league policies for these various cases.

  • Proposed Law Sets Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    More than 2,000 teenagers die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, according to the Connecticut Post. And now the state of Connecticut is trying to do its part to limit that number, particularly in high school student-athletes.

  • Athletic Trainer Saves Fan Suffering Cardiac Arrest

    by Nick Daniels February 2014

    At the start of a high school basketball game, most athletic trainers are prepared to treat athletes for injuries — not the spectators in the stands. 

    But athletic trainer Mark Bramble had to do just that Tuesday when a spectator suffered cardiac arrest during a varsity girl’s basketball game at Marlboro High School in New Jersey. 

    After being alerted of the situation during a game between Marlboro and visiting Middleton High School, Bramble — along with a nurse that also happened to be in the stands — performed CPR and used the school’s Automated External Defibrillator to restore a pulse in the victim. Paramedics then took the spectator to a local hospital.

    While the emergency was unexpected, Bramble credited the school’s Emergency Action Plan for helping ensure the best course of action was taken when the situation arose.

    “Having an AED and an Emergency Action Plan in place is vital in protecting our student-athletes, as well as those who attend interscholastic athletic competitions,” said Bramble, an athletic trainer at Marlboro High school for 25 years, in an Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey press release

    “Every school should have an athletic trainer as the point person for implementing these Emergency Action Plans and making sure the AED is accessible and in working condition on a daily basis.”