JU hosts successful spine board training for athletic trainers, team physicians with Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program
July 31, 2013 | Jacksonville, FL
More than 100 certified athletic trainers, physicians and EMS providers from throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia participated in a spine board and airway management training program on Monday, July 22, in Jacksonville University’s Gooding Auditorium. The event, organized by the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP), featured special guest Mike Kordecki, DPT, SCS, ATC. Kordecki is the principal owner of Praxis, a physical therapy firm in Vernon Hills, Ill., who invented RipKord should pad technology, first used by the Chicago Bears in 2011.
This training session served to review spine boarding and airway management of the injured athlete, as well as discuss brachial plexus injuries. Representatives from Duval, Clay, St. John’s, Flagler, Nassau counties and Camden County, Georgia, attended. These individuals participated in practical “hands-on” sessions and were trained by local EMS professionals. The EMS professionals represented the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department, Century Ambulance, Liberty Ambulance and St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service, all of which provide game day services to our local schools.
“Our goal is to have our sideline medical providers all prepared to work as a team in the event of any injury that might occur on our area athletic fields,” said Robert Sefcik, executive director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and organizer of this special event. “Although not every school decided to participate in the event, it was a great showing of support from those schools who are putting a high priority on the safety of their students that participate in athletic programs.”
Participants in the event received three hours of CME credit, as well as a special recognition patch from the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program.
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About Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program
Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program in Jacksonville, Florida, is a volunteer based organization that strives to maintain the health of student athletes in northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program is a community driven, nonprofit organization that works with coaches, doctors and other healthcare professionals, parents and other community members interested in making sports safer. The program provides schools with education, prevention tactics and supports the need for our area schools to have access to a Licensed Athletic Trainer as a medical supervisor of athletic activities. Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program partners with Nemours Children’s Clinic, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation, St. Vincent’s Healthcare and The Duval County Medical Society to provide the best care possible. For additional information, please visit JSMP.us.