Safety & Security: Emergency Response
Best Practices Guide Will Define How To Improve High School Security
by Dennis Van Milligen June 2014
The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.
Fan 'Alert' After Falling Into Bullpen at Miller Park
by Michael Gaio June 2014
A Milwaukee Brewers fan was hospitalized Tuesday night after falling about 20 feet into the bullpen at Miller Park.
Red Cross Launches Campaign to Cut Drowning Rate in 50 Cities
by AB Staff May 2014
Source: Red Cross
Washington DC – May 20, 2014 - The American Red Cross today launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years.
Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events
by 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 & 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.”