Effective Techniques to Enhance Athletes Safety: Is Your Message Getting Through?

About the Course:
Recent developments within the sports medicine field to promote athlete safety includes education provided to athletic coaches, parents, and athletes at various levels of competition regarding serious sports related injuries, including sport-related concussions (SRCs). With the serious nature of these sports-related injuries, an incidence reduction of these injuries may occur with appropriate education to athletic personnel as well as implementation of safeguards throughout the health care process of the athlete. In this course, lecture will be implemented to achieve the stated objectives. The instructor will provide an overarching review of the literature as it pertains to effective techniques to enhance athletes’ safety which includes initial recognition of concussion injuries in youth athletes. As the literature and recommendations are reviewed to support the need to update mandatory educational programming for various audiences, the participants will reflect and critique their own educational plans to mitigate the risk of continued participation after serious sports injury and identify essential areas needing remediation in current educational programming.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the need for effective education for all audiences to mitigate injury risk in absence of athletic trainer/health care professional.
2. Locate essential areas often needing remediation during educational programs to improve injury recognition among youth athletes.
3. Recognize appropriate and effective knowledge transfer techniques for various audiences to enhance injury reporting among youth athletes.
4. Identify current educational programs for appropriate knowledge transfer techniques to reduce risk of continued participation after injury.
5. Recognize the need to update mandatory educational programming on a regular basis to reduce risk of continued participation by athletes after injury.

About the Instructor:
John D (JD) Boudreaux, EdD, PT, LAT, ATC, SCSJ.D. Boudreaux received a Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University in 2003 as well as a Masters of Physical Therapy from LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in 2005. In August of 2003, he became nationally certified as an athletic trainer and obtained his Sports Certified Specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2011. He completed his EdD degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe in Curriculum and Instruction in the Fall of 2018. He has over fifteen years of experience as a dual credentialed sports medicine professional. He has spent seven years managing acute athletic injuries and directing the post-surgical rehabilitation of high-level athletes at the collegiate level. Furthermore, he has served as a visiting lecturer and clinical preceptor for an ATEP program. Currently, he is employed by a private outpatient sports medicine clinic delivering care in conjunction with other medical professionals to a variety of individuals, including high school and collegiate athletes. JD is married to the former Stephanie Mayeux and the proud father of two daughters, Olivia and Anniston.