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CHAPTER 2

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Legal Considerations and Administration

Performing duties and responsibilities in a systematic manner will ensure that
no aspects are forgotten. An easy way to keep these responsibilities in mind is by remembering that the key concern is to keep the athlete S.A.F.E. through the following
methods:
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Supervision from the locker room to the practice field. An injury can occur
both on and off the field. Keep a close watch on the athletes before, during,
and after practice. Challenges affecting supervision include facilities, weather,
gender, type of event, and the number of athletes. Regardless of the circumstances you must learn to accommodate such obstacles.

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Aid the athletes when needed. This includes creating and practicing the
emergency action plan; keeping proper records of physicals, injuries, treatments, insurance, parental releases, and equipment; making sure first aid kits
are available and well stocked; and checking to ensure that water and injury
ice are available for the athletes.

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Facilities must be checked daily for possible hazards. If there is a hazard, the
area must be clearly marked. A written work order must be filled out and a
time frame for completion of the work must be established in writing. Make
sure to keep a copy of the work order for your own records.

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Equipment in facilities should be checked daily. From the pitching machine
to the therapeutic modalities used in the athletic training room, all equipment should be well maintained. This will ensure the equipment lasts longer
and stays in proper working condition, in addition to establishing a safe environment for the athlete.

THINKING IT THROUGH
Stacy, Ridgecrest High
School's overworked athletic trainer, had always
felt it was too much work
and that it was not her responsibility to give the coaches the medical information records for away games.
She thought the coaches, especially
Coach Bordner, would lose them, and
then if she needed them for home games
she wouldn't have the information to get
the athletes the proper treatment.
Megan, a defender for Ridgecrest's
varsity girls' soccer team, suffered an open
compound fracture of both the tibia and
fibula in the second period, when she was
kicked in the shin by an opposing player.

Coach Bordner knew this was serious as
soon as he rushed to Megan's side. He
started to activate the emergency action plan for away games only to realize
that he had no emergency medical records. When emergency medical services
(EMS) arrived, Coach Bordner was given
a choice of two local hospitals to which to
take Megan. He asked the head athletic
trainer from the home team for his suggestion, and Megan was off to General
Hospital.
The hospital was not able to make immediate contact with the parents because
of the lack of an emergency record. Knowing that Megan needed immediate medical treatment, Coach Bordner said he would
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