• 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.”





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    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    The tragedy of the Boston Marathon brought to light the unexpected vulnerabilities surrounding athletic events and facilities.

  • Coach: 'We Had Kids with Helmets On in the Bathrooms'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    When weather reports indicated a tornado heading directly toward Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon, Southmoore High School football coach Jeff Brickman obviously cancelled spring practice. Instead, players and coaches awaited the storm by reviewing video of the previous day's practice while tucked inside the school.

  • Prep, College Baseball Players Help Save Two Lives

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    Two baseball teams - one from a high school in Northern California and the other from a Division II university in Pennsylvania - underwent life-changing experiences this week that had nothing to do with their performances on the field.

  • HS Football Field Becomes Triage Center After Texas Blast

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    The football field at West (Texas) High School was turned into an emergency triage center Wednesday night after a major explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant. Local residents and medical personnel attended to many of the injured. Later, after a strong odor was detected near the stadium, triage was moved to a softball field.

  • More States Adopt Heat Management, Acclimatization Policies

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    Snow may still be on the ground in some parts of the country, but at least two northern states have adopted heat-management policies for high school student-athletes during the past week.

  • Sandy Impacts High School, College, Pro Sports

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    At least 18 people are dead and millions of homes and businesses are without power after Superstorm Sandy battered the Eastern Seaboard on Monday. At times like these, sports hardly seem to matter. In fact, according to, high school events from Massachusetts to Florida were rescheduled or postponed as Sandy approached land, and college and professional sports teams were affected, too.

  • Soccer Player 'Dead' for 78 Minutes After Cardiac Arrest

    by Emily Attwood March 2012

    The soccer player who suffered a cardiac arrest during an English FA Cup match last weekend was essentially dead for 78 minutes before his heart began beating again, his doctors have revealed.

  • Another Fatal Plane Crash Stuns Oklahoma State

    by Paul Steinbach November 2011

    Tragedy has again struck the Oklahoma State University athletic department.

    For the second time in 11 years, an airplane carrying OSU basketball officials crashed, leaving no survivors. KOCO in Oklahoma City is reporting that head women's coach Kurt Budke, assistant women's coach Miranda Serna and two other individuals not affiliated with the university, including the pilot, were killed when their small plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Arkansas. Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip, according to a university statement.

  • Recent Tragedies Put New Focus on Shallow Water Blackout

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011

    The July deaths of two 21-year-old men in a Staten Island, N.Y., public pool brought increased attention to shallow water blackout - a largely unknown and potentially fatal condition that occurs when an insufficient amount of carbon dioxide is available to activate the body's natural impulse to breathe. Swimmers and free divers who practice prolonged underwater breath-holding are particularly at risk.