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Safety takes center stage at EAP rehearsal

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Every athlete wants to win, but personnel charged with running athletic departments and sports organizations know that, first and foremost, their job is to maintain a safe environment for training and competition.

That’s where an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is essential. Athletic trainers, coaches, strength and conditioning personnel, and administrators should be prepared to implement the EAP to ensure they are well-equipped to perform quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Mercyhurst University Athletic Training staff will join the Erie Otters sports medicine staff, LECOM and UPMC team physicians, and representatives of EmergyCare in conducting an EAP rehearsal specific to ice hockey. The drill is slated for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena. As part of the simulation, special attention will be paid to managing suspected spinal cord injuries on the ice.

“We want to get all stakeholders for ice hockey together to talk best practices and how to handle emergency situations on the ice,” said Andy Simon-Wambach, director of athletic training at Mercyhurst.

In years past, he said, the Otters would rehearse with their UPMC team physicians and Mercyhurst would do the same with theirs from LECOM. Both included EmergyCare in their planning. This season, because Mercyhurst will be playing several games on Otters’ ice at the Erie Insurance Arena, notably the 2018 NCAA Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 12-13, the two organizations decided to rehearse together and share expertise.