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TEAM PHYSICIAN
AND GAME COVERAGE

EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS

ROBERT GRAY, ATC EMERGENCY SITUATIONS can occur at any time during an
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athletic event. When this situation arises, the medical team must be able to
implement their “Emergency Action Plan” (EAP) to ensure the best possible
care for the injured athlete. There are six key components of the Emergency
Action Plan.

1. Emergency Personnel/Team

The first responder to an emergency situation is usually a member of the sports
medicine staff, most commonly a certified athletic trainer. However, a first
responder may be a coach or another member of the school. Certification
in CPR, first aid, prevention of disease transmission, and automated external
defibrillator (AED) use is required for all athletic personnel associated with
practices, competition, skill instruction, and strength and conditioning.

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