From Accident to Ambulance: Emergency Action Plans for the Injured Athlete

About the Course:
The National Athletic Trainers Association EAP Guide states that the emergency management of injuries in sport should be handled by a trained medical professional. Emergency action plans are necessary for any school or university that have venues where athletes exercise. An emergency action plan should be specific to your organization, venues, resources, and personnel. Sports medicine professionals must be competent in developing, implementing, and reviewing EAPs to protect athletes and reduce liability for the individual healthcare professional and institution. 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 management of establishing emergency action plans. As the literature and practice guidelines/recommendations are reviewed, the participants will reflect and critique their own emergency action plans to improve athlete safety during sport participation and identify areas needing remediation in current emergency planning. Through this reflection, the other two aspects of evidence-based practice, including internal evidence (clinical experience) and patient values/preferences, as it pertains to establishing procedures, and identifying personnel and resources to create EAPs, will be intertwined throughout the course.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the essential pieces that make a successful Emergency Action Plan.
2. Select the seven key personnel members needed to enact a successful EAP when an incident occurs.
3. Identify an EAP for each venue that the clinician is responsible for.
4. Identify a plan to review any current EAPs.
5. Recognize an evidenced-based approach to overcome potential obstacles.
6. Identify how current EAPs can evolve due to resource availability and facility modifications. 

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.