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Emergency Planning In Athletics

Kinesiology: Professional Courses/Basic Activity Courses
Course Code
KIN 2503

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Carlin Donart
Kinesiology 2503
November 28, 2011
Emergency Planning In Athletics
I interviewed Ernest Courville, a retired coach who currently teaches
physical education classes at Lake Charles, LA middle schools. Based on the eight
components of the NATA Emergency Planning in Athletics document, Mr. Courville
formulated an emergency action plan if a child should get hurt during class.
1. Implementation Mr. Courville had the action plan written out onto poster
boards and placed all around the gym. He also instructed other coaches and
all the children with the information, so that they would be familiar with the
course of action. They also reiterate the information at the beginning of each
school year to make sure everyone is clear on the protocol.
2. Personnel Each class has a coach present at all times, including any
practices or games. There is never a time when a qualified coach leaves the
children unattended.
3. Equipment Mr. Courville always carries a bag with the generic first aid
necessities. He also carries batteries, matches, duct tape, and other
emergency supplies in case of a weather emergency.
4. Communication In Mr. Courville’s gym, there are two land lines, one on the
North side and one on the South side of the gym to contact emergency
services. When outside, each coach carries a cell phone, just in case.
5. Transportation There are not typically EMS vehicles at a practice or
competition. Seeing that it is only a middle school, the coaches do not find it
imperative to have EMS on site at all times.
6. Venue location Because Mr. Courville is a physical education coach, he is
only ever in one type of location. This consistency in location requires only
one emergency action plan.
7. Emergency care facilities In Lake Charles, there are three hospitals that the
children could be taken to, depending on which school Mr. Courville is
teaching at during the incident. These hospitals are Lake Charles Memorial
Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and St. Patrick’s Hospital.
8. Documentation In order to properly document an incident, Mr. Courville
keeps a packet of papers at each of the locations to ease the documentation
process. Anyone who needs to access them can with ease.
Mr. Courville requires, in the event of an emergency, all the children to sit down
where they are at, keep away from the injured child, and for someone, if he is not
around, to go get the coach. They are forbidden to make any comments toward the
child’s injury. The coach then assesses the injury, notifies the principal, calls EMS,
and notifies the child’s parents as soon as possible.
His contact information is:
Mr. Ernest Courville
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