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EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR THE ATHLETE

RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION

The ERA Recertification course is also offered to individuals who have previously been certified in Acute Injury and Illness by another provider. Click here to learn more and to verify your previous certification.

There are two options for the recertification course (course objectives are the same for both):

  1. one-day live session with self-study prerequisites
  2. virtual blended course

Course Objectives
The ERA Recertification course serves as a review of the concepts of the Acute Injury and Illness course. By the completion of the recertification, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss how the Emergency Response System works in the student’s particular locale.
  • Discuss the legal ramifications of cases presented in care of athletes.
  • Explain the state practice act as it pertains to each student’s licensed locale.
  • Demonstrate during practice and in the practicals appropriate prevention of disease transmission with appropriate precautions, including venue-specific considerations.
  • Perform a primary and secondary assessment on a simulated injured athlete.
  • Explain and demonstrate the appropriate use of emergency oxygen.
  • Demonstrate the use of a metered dose inhaler.
  • Explain the use of an EpiPen for anaphylaxis.
  • Describe the chain of survival and risks for cardiac emergencies in sports.
  • Demonstrate skills in CPR and AED use.
  • Describe the various blood rules in sports as it pertains to immediate care.
  • Describe the differences in wound care supplies based on the sport rules and regulations.
  • Evaluate and treat open wounds with the appropriate materials.
  • Evaluate and treat acute sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures with appropriate materials.
  • Perform an assessment of the abdomen and care for injuries.
  • Perform an assessment of the thorax and care for injuries.
  • Describe increased incidence of eye and facial injuries in sports and explain appropriate treatment.
  • Perform a SCAT 5 concussion evaluation on a simulated patient.
  • Outline the immediate care of athletes sustaining exertional heat illness.
  • Review the appropriate care of the spine-injured athlete.
  • Demonstrate spinal-restricted motion on an athlete with suspected spine injury.

The ERA Recertification LIVE and VIRTUAL course are blended with students completing online didactic work followed by a one-day LIVE session in person for review and testing OR a one-day ZOOM session. The approximate time allotment is 10 hours.

2-hour prerequisite didatic work: Each student will choose one immersive course from a list of topic options (shown below). Additional CEUs will be offered for completion of the immersive course.

Each module has an online test that requires a score of 80% for passing.

ONLINE TRAINING MODULES

Students will choose a topic from nine immersive options for the ERA Recertification course. An additional certification will be provided upon completion.

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    Emergency Care of the Aging Athlete

    Aging does not mean giving up recreational or competitive activities. Research shows there are many benefits to an active lifestyle even as we age. This immersive will focus on the considerations of aging athletes with regard to co-morbidities and other considerations in sports coverage.

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    Considerations for the MMA & Combat Sports Athlete

    MMA and combat sports are becoming more mainstream but many sports providers are not familiar with the rules and differences of competition relative to more traditional sports. Injuries and acute care of these athletes is paramount to safe participation.

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    Autonomic Dysreflexia & Boosting in Adaptive Sports Athletes

    As adaptive sports become more mainstream and athletes push to be involved in all levels of competition it is important for sports care providers to understand specifics regarding these athletes Autonomic Dysreflexia and Boosting are areas that can create significant problems with athletes in adaptive sports.

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    Emergency Response for Baseball & Softball

    America’s pastime sports involve all ages of athletes from youth sports to the major leagues and Olympics. Understanding the common injuries and their mechanisms of injury are key in helping to care for athletes in baseball and softball.

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    Disorders Associated with Heat Exposure

    Exertional Heat Illness spans the spectrum of muscle cramps to life threatening heat stroke. Symptoms can be made worse with the development of rhabdomyolysis and athletes with an underlying condition of sickle cell trait. Often inexperienced athletes will over hydrate as a precaution with unintended consequences of exercise associated hyponatremia. All these conditions have serious risks associated. This chapter will review epidemiology, physiology, signs and symptoms and key factors sports providers should be aware of to treat these conditions immediately.

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    The Obstacle Course Athlete

    A fast growing competitive group of events, obstacle course races run the gamut of low risk to extreme in their nature. Sports providers need to understand the risks these athletes undertake and the care needed to keep them going.

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    Management of Common Upper Extremity Sport Injuries

    The upper extremity is a versatile limb capable of gross and fine motor movement and susceptible to injuries both traumatic and from overuse. Understanding common injuries and their care is key to getting athletes back to full function.

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    Venue Equipment & Supplies and EAPS

    Having the right supplies and equipment on the venue when needed can mean the difference between life and death. Each sport, depending on rules and the types of injuries, has different requirements for supplies and equipment. Understanding what is needed on the sideline is necessary for the best care. As part of the whole care of athletes, Emergency Action Plans must be developed, written and exercised frequently to prepare the sports provider for any emergency.

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    Common Medications in Sports Medicine

    Although the sports provider may not be credentialed to order or administer medication it is imperative they understand the most common meds used in the sports setting and understand their actions, interactions and side effects.

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