In our continuing series of athletics training at Taylor Centre, it is important to engage in reasonable emergency response plan. It involves the preparedness, response and finally recovery to reduce the unnecessary impact of the disaster. This is an important exercise since it increases productivity; reduce absenteeism as result of illness, improve the player’s morale and reduces compensation rates. A team without this reasonable means of response can be compared to a city without walls which can be invaded by any danger. Emergency response is what guarantees safety against any unintended external attacks (Gerilyne, 2006)
Components of the emergency plan for Taylor CenterAthletics
Venue direction and access
Emergency management operations
The initial responder to these emergency situations is typically a certified athlete trainer due to their presence every competition. The Second personnelare the coaches and the school nurse. All these personnel require having certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and prevention of transmission of disease. Emergency team is also very vital and these consist of emergency medical technicians and physicians with different roles depending on various factors. These roles include; establishment and care of team safety, activation of immediate medical services and retrieving equipment’s (Gay 1973).
This is a vital component in this field for efficient response. There should be well established network of communication to ensure that all relevant parties are coordinated. There should also be a secondary means to back up incase the primary means fail. Every athlete should be equipped with mobile phone for full time contact.
Venue direction and access
All the required emergency equipment should be assembled at the training site for necessary quick access. All the stakeholders should be familiar with the operations and functions of theequipment’s. These equipment’s needs to be inspected on regular basis to maintain them in the required conditions and this may need the creation of inspection log book. The equipment’s should be promptly used, cleaned and stored in a secure and environmentally controlled area (Blanded, 1985).
Any trauma to any part of athlete’s body resulting to concussion injury required serious skilledfirst aid. Therefore serious consideration on the potential signs such as; fatigue, loss of orientation, drowsiness loss of consciousness among other serious indicators should be considered. Any athlete that is traumatized to such extends and showing these signs and symptoms should be fully referred to the physician or the athlete trainer for necessary measures.
Heat, muscle pulls and strains
These are some conditions that the athlete may be exposed to due to extraneous exercises. They are always coupled with the following symptoms; intense pain, persistent muscle contractions and general fatigue. Treat by massaging using cold ice and add sodium to replace the lost ones (gerilyne, 2006).
This is typically evident due to exposer of the muscles and bone. These fractures are characterized by intense pain, reddening of the skin, involuntary muscle movement and loss of sensation and pulse at the end of extremely. Such fractures should be splinted before the athlete is allowed to move (yoshpe, 1983).
Additionally each team member should be oriented through the scenarios in order to elevate comfort and efficiency on the plan provided.
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