This guide is written to serve as a reference for all those who provide field coverage for practices and events of Capital University Athletics. It shall serve also as the primary tool for planned periodic review of such procedures so that all involved know what to do in the event of an emergency situation. Sport/facility specific plans may be found at the bottom of the page.
The Emergency Action Plan is set into motion when a serious or catastrophic injury occurs. A serious injury is one in which it is obvious that the student-athlete will need to be hospitalized and action taken must be immediate. Examples of this are: respiratory arrest, severe bleeding, obvious fracture, possible neck or back injury, or a serious head injury. The plan calls for the following actions:
- Athletic Trainer in charge (seniority, chain of command) attends to the injured student-athlete and evaluates the situation.
- Athletic Trainer in charge instructs another athletic trainer or coach to call 911 for help. Give the 911 operator the following information: name and title; nature of injuries to the student-athlete; and location of injured student-athlete. Caller should be the last person to hang up.
- Have someone meet the ambulance at the entrance to the stadium, gym, or other facility.
- Call the Capital University Athletic Training Facility and inform a staff certified athletic trainer. If not present, notify the team physician and coach. If necessary, call parents and notify athletic department administration.