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AUG 2017

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August 2017 14 injuries but he said any joint, including fingers, are susceptible to injury and long- term swelling, inflammation and pain that prevents people from continuing an active lifestyle. "Our goal is to keep people active for as long as possible," he said. "Maybe you are a runner and you can no longer run a marathon. We might get you in the pool instead. The idea is to look for ways a per- son can remain active and healthy and find an activity that doesn't cause problems on a particular joint." For those groups that don't have access to on-site physicians or athletic trainers, Sailor reiterates that anyone involved in athletic events needs an EAP, including the venue, planners and hosts. "Ideally if someone stood at the back of the arena and asked what was needed: ambulance? What if the AED [automated external defibrillator] needs to be deployed? The door is locked; can a stretcher fit through the door? Someone has to take the time to think about all possible scenarios and have a plan of action. Having someone available with a medical background is an investment into the health of the athlete and anything to do with youth is money well spent. I know resources are tight and a lot of small leagues and teams don't have the resources, but you have to know what you will do in an emergency and have a plan for it." In his role as athletic trainer prior to start- ing a game, Sailor said he calls a medical timeout with the appropriate staff to make sure someone on hand is going to help if needed. "What's your response? What's mine? If there is bleeding trauma, what will we do? What if a fan has an emergency? Is the AED available? Where is the AED? You have one to three minutes to get someone treatment. If you have to wait for an ambulance to arrive, it could be too late. You also need to know whether the AED is working. Ideally you carry the AED and first-aid equipment with you. There are forms available online to help planners iden- tify resources and plans before the event starts." "We recognize three things that are killing our athletes: cardiac, concussion and heat," Sailor said. "And the way those three things are managed and how someone responds in those situations is extremely important." Working with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in football, Sailor knows firsthand how danger- ous late-summer practices can be for ath- letes who have remained mostly sedentary during the summer break. "It's August and it's hot. This is when we need to acclimatize. The body is not pre- pared for the heat and humidity. Athletes need a progressive return over a couple weeks to adapt to the heat, depending on the type of exercise. They should slowly return to physical activity for only three to five days and avoid the most dangerous periods and time of day. They also need to Not all games include kilts in Dublin, Ohio. But we can guarantee your athletes, teams, and spectators will be feeling lucky when you hold your next sporting event in Dublin, the City with Irish Attitude. Get the ball rolling at | 614.792.7666 Dublin Irish Festival ONE- on- ONE t

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