Training Classes

Immediate Response Can Save Lives

One of the most important steps in keeping athletes safe is to always have someone on hand at both practices and games that is trained and certified in a variety of health and safety classes. This includes Basic First Aid, CPR, and AED (Automated External Defibrillators). According to the National Center for Sports Safety, 62% of all sports injuries occur at practice.

Players suffered from a wide range of injuries, including dehydration, sports-induced asthma, heat stroke, concussions and joint pain. So it is of the utmost importance that coaches, assistants, and even parents be trained to spot injuries and know how to treat them. Immediate response will not only prevent many of these injuries from becoming more serious, but will save lives as well.

Where To Find Safety and Health Training Classes

There are many organizations that provide certified safety and health training classes. Some courses can be done online, but many will involve hands-on participation. The American Red Cross teaches classes in First Aid, CPR, AED and others, and will tailor training to the age group and specific needs that you require. The Red Cross has teamed up with the U.S. Olympic Committee to offer a course in Sports Safety Training, designed especially for coaches, athletic trainers, and others interested in sports. (www.redcross.org)

The American Heart Association offers several courses to choose from, including CPR for Friends & Family, Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, and the Heartsaver AED courses. Other options include private companies, such as Medic First Aid International and JBLearning. They offer a good selection of online courses, but certification can only be issued after taking an exam in person at a training location. Fire departments sometimes offer safety classes as well; contact your local branch for more information.