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Sports Medicine Education

Presentations for Parents, Coaches and Athletes

Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine athletic training staff is available to come to meetings and provide information to parents, coaches and athletes on a variety of health/sport-related topics. These topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • First Aid
  • Caring for “At Risk” Athletes
  • CPR Certification
  • Concussions
  • Common Sports Injuries
  • Core Strengthening
  • Emergency Care/Planning
  • Ice vs. Heat
  • Immediate Injury Care
  • Injury Prevention
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Ankle
  • Nutrition
  • Pupil Activity Validation
  • Power and Strength
  • Proper Hydration
  • Return to Play Guidelines
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Speed and Agility
  • Strength Training on a Budget
  • Stretching
  • Throwing Guidelines
  • Warm-up and Cool down
  • When is an Injury Really an Injury?

These presentations can range from 15 minutes to one hour based on your needs. We can also customize a presentation based on the needs of your team.

To request this service, please fill out a speaker request form or contact Meredith Dotson, Med, ATC, CES at or (614) 355-6049.

Presentation for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine offers a hands-on presentation by certified and licensed athletic trainers for the pre-hospital care of the spine injured athlete. Due to the high injury rate with contact sports, there have been modifications made to protective equipment over the years.
These must be addressed to properly access the airway, etc. – safely and quickly. Our staff will bring commonly used sports protective equipment and demonstrate the proper mechanisms to quickly and safely remove them and review the latest spine boarding and immobilization techniques. This presentation includes:
  • Discussion of emergency protocol and emergency action plans within the community, school systems, etc.
  • Discussion of head and neck injuries and there degrees of severity.
  • The latest guidelines from the Inter-Association Task Force for Appropriate Care of the Spine Injured Athlete
    • On–the-Field Management and Immediate Care
    • Equipment Management
    • Immobilization and Transport
  • Hands on lab practicing with the various sideline tools used for equipment removal as well as proper techniques to remove face masks, helmets, and shoulder pads (as indicated).

In addition, our staff can review common sports injuries seen at different age/skill levels and strategies for management and transport. These can include:

  • Fractures/Dislocations
  • Knee injuries (particularly ACL tears)
  • Heat related illness
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe Sprains & Strains
  • Concussions

If your EMS personnel are interested in this presentation or you would like more information, please contact Meredith Dotson, Med, ATC, CES at or (614) 355-6049 or Eric Leighton, ATC at or (614) 355-8737.


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