Since athletic injuries may occur at any time and during any activity, you and your staff, as well as your volunteer coaches, must be prepared. This preparation involves the formulation of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). This includes, but is not limited to, the proper coverage of events, maintenance of appropriate emergency equipment and supplies and utilization of appropriate emergency medical personnel.
Although the initial creation of an EAP may be intensive, it could save someone’s life. Click HERE or image below to download an EAP template to get you started.
EAP DEVELOPMENT TIPS
> Have specific directions to each venue as this information will reduce the amount of time it takes emergency personnel to locate your exact spot.
> Have the name, phone number and directions to the hospital on the EAP. It will alleviate confusion and assist parents in getting to the hospital if needed.
> Make sure the door you identify as the entrance for emergencies does not have special locks and can be easily accessed.
> Have a list of special medical conditions of athletes, but do not publish these.
> Have a list of the athletes along with their emergency contact names and numbers but do not publish this information.
> Post the basic EAPs near the emergency phones
> Designate specific individuals to open appropriate doors for emergency personnel; to flag down emergency personnel and help direct them to the scene; and to control the area and move bystanders away.
This content has been developed by Karen M. Lew, MEd., ATC, LAT for the National Alliance for Youth Sports.