Damar Hamlin MNF commotio cordis event highlights need for youth sport safety programming, fundraising and sponsorship for monies
When Damar Hamlin went down from sudden cardiac arrest, my wife looked at me and said, "something serious just happened." My reply was,"it's the NFL, something always serious is happening." But this one, this event, in front of the world on NFL Monday Night Football, hit like a sudden thunderstorm during an outdoor camping trip in the Rocky Mountains. This one - made the world aware. This one, you could say, HIT HOME. And so thankful Mr. Hamlin survived. The world breathed a sigh of relief when we heard the news. Prayers and blessings for that news.
It made sense to us. See, these deaths happen all the time in recreational, school and youth sports tournaments and competitions, Our Amazon e-book details that the recreational sports industry does not have the same level of oversight mechanism for sudden cardiac arrest, CPR, first aid healthcare professionals that the professional sports events have. And the estimate of youth athletes alone is not small, in fact, it is estimated 80 million kids play recreational sports in some capacity.
Consider the Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC/L) only have about 55,000 in their overall community. Most of these trainers work in high school, collegiate and professional sports, some work in hospital settings and others work with Physical Therapy or Orthopedic clinics, Some, sadly, have retired or left the industry due to risk of financial security. Where does the sports medicine oversight mechanism for concussions, CPR/First aid and AED for the massive number of athletes at a sports tournament come from?
Question: If 80 Million kids play sports and you only have 55,000 trainers, what is the ratio of kids: practitioner?
Answer: 1454 : 1
Q: What does the ratio mean?
A: This means in order to have an oversight mechanism in the recreational sports programs you need partner programs across all levels of businesses, hospitals, industry AED (automated external defibrillators) tech providers, government committees and non-profits working together to build the sports medicine community.
While we recognize a nurse, EMT/Paramedic or teacher on school premises, unless otherwise qualified, has the skills to perform CPR/First aid/AED, that position should not be taking the place of the athletic trainer during the school sports program hours.
Q: What is the ratio of athletes : trainers (healthcare personnel) suggested for events?
A: 300 : 1
Q: What does 300 : 1 mean?
A: That means if you had an event with roughly 1500 athletes, the event should have at a minimum 5 Athletic Trainers/health professionals on-site. Most organizations, however, consider the contact verse non-contact event when booking practitioners and may consider a non-contact sport event a lower risk than a high contact sport like football. This means in a non-contact sports event, you might see 2 ATCs or EMTs on-site for up to 750 - 1,000 athletes.
Q: How do you know if your ratio is right for your event?
A: Preparation, practice and consistency. Having partners that help you assess your needs and be a teammate for your athlete success is imperative. You know you run a great organization but do you have great sport safety? Having a system in place and being willing to add a few details into sport planning will go along way in determining the ratio for athlete safety best practices during sports activities.
We need more Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, even Nurses & Doctors to support youth sports safety programs at school (and recreational events).
The tragedy for all of youth sports, parents beware
It will take at least 10 - 20 years to build these industries up to speed, to cover every sport event in schools, recreational and competitive programs alike. The tragedy for all of youth sports programs, parents, kids and referees is an event can occur at any time. If your organization does not put athlete sport safety first, you have to consider if they are also putting your own safety at risk.
Q: Can professional sports events start without Emergency Medical personnel, Athletic Trainers, Team Doctors on-site?
So, why do youth sports programs sacrifice the safety of their personnel and student-athletes for the sake of saving money in the budget?
Why Partner With Us?
On May 7, 1997, the day I learned about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) as a 15 year old growing young man. I learned you could die playing sports. We keep Matthew Tennyson Wanke spirit, intangibles of effort, the kindness, integrity, friendship, love of sport and combine that with my vision for sport safety in the future - when working with our partners. We strive to help your athletes thrive through fundraising, sponsorship and support to help youth student-athletes learn about career fields available other than being a pro athlete. The chance for success is 99.7% in something other than a pro athlete, so please partner with us so we can lead kids to industries they'll love so they'll strive to complete school and build their own health and wellness, sports medicine or healthcare team.
We consider the possibilities for updating supplies and providing partners with supportive event safety programs so that partners can trust they are prepared appropriately for any recreational or competitive event.
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In life, we experience positive and negative emotions, how you react will decide your future? How can you be your best?
In One word: emotions.
In two words: emotional control:
In three words: breathe before acting
In four words: breathe before acting foolish
In five words: breathe before getting yourself arrested
In six words: breathe before ruining your remaining life
In seven words: breathe before going to prison for life
In eight words: breathe and say no before your next action begins
In nine words: think about the richness of breathe, life, family and freedom
In ten words: turn around, go home right now, avoid catastrophe, live happy
See, a lot of times other people make us angry. They really get our goat. They make us want to react to their chaos. But we don't have to make an immediate response. We can wait. And it is within the waiting period where you can turn tragedy into triumph. What if, on the other side of friction, was a best friend. A dude who loves the same NBA team and video games. A would be friend, that if not for living on the other side of the neighborhood, is an enemy. What if, before you acted on emotion, before you took action without giving yourself breath, life, justice, freedom - you asked yourself: where in my body is my "emotional control"? did I breathe yet?
I bet you didn't realize that your breathing is in your control. While you may have the joyous experience of breath daily, freely, much of the time in life, we are not even aware that our breath is short. That's what high stress can do - it can take your breath away. The guys who show up in the brightest of lights, when the times are the toughest always take a deep breath or two before the next play.
What if you became more aware that breathing could influence decision making On AND Off the court, field or sideline? Would you breathe in bigger when stressed in life? Would you avoid the chaos and fall into a series of meditative breaths to calm your mind, body and spirit? I tend to believe that many poor decisions are made when student-athletes are responsive and reactive in negatively perceived situations. The other person, the person that "made you mad", is not your enemy. When you stop breathing, you feed into the ego who says you must win in this one v one battle called life.
But when you actually roll the dice in real life, expending action from emotions without breath, you take the risk at pulling the trigger twice - potentially hurting or killing someone now and trading your entire future self of desired experiences, opportunities and a world of beauty that's out there, for what many would call, a stupid altercation.
If you read this, I hope you will join us in a daily series of deep meditative breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth, to help you prepare calming your mind, easing body tension and inspiring your soul for a positive day.
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