Local sports coaches are preparing to protect children during sports

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Sporting policies and procedures are being re-evaluated following the serious injury to Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin.

Parents from local high schools are also looking for physical education coaches to ensure their children are safe when playing sports. On Friday, while parents were cheering for the players, the athletic coaches were ready to treat any injury.

“It’s just that comforting feeling knowing that if my child gets injured, someone is there who knows what they’re doing and can help them,” says Kara Mohrmann, parent of a physical education student.

Many parents ask coaches and athletic trainers how they protect children in contact and non-contact sports. 25 schools in the St. Louis area partner with trained professionals from Mercy Hospitals.

“I feel like they’re safe. The coaches, the staff that’s here. “Having a coach is great,” Mohrmann said. “So yeah, I’m not worried about them. I know if anything happens to them, they’ll be taken care of.”

“We have everything we need to take vitals. We have everything we would need to do CPR, bag valve masks,” said Mike Tzianos, a manager of sports medicine at Mercy. “We have non-rebreather masks for our oxygen tanks, we have all of these items available to us, and it’s in our policy. An expectation to always have her with us because you never know when something like this is going to happen.”

Tzianos said coaches get a lot of questions about how they prepare for emergencies and injuries.

“All of our athletic trainers at each location have contingency plans in place for such incidents,” he said. “What will we do, who will we contact, what equipment will we have on site. So be sure to review the contingency plan and make sure you’re ready.”

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/local-athletic-trainers-prepares-to-keep-kids-safe-in-sports/ Local sports coaches are preparing to protect children during sports

Sarah Y. Kim

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