Still in its infancy the ATCares program being rolled out by the NATA is a phenomenal resource that has been long over due. I am excited to be a part of the program and have been a helping hand in Bubba Wilson being asked to be the district 6 representative.
Here we focus on the reason for this, basic tips and the effects it has had so far.
My one big take away: Say “I've been in a similar situation” instead of “I know how you feel” because you truly do not know how that person feels.
In case you missed my story here is the full episodes where we dealt with the loss of an athlete.
At my district we are moving forward with implementing tools and policy to better serve the medical providers in the event of a critical incident at work. Athletic trainers do not normally deal with the death of an athlete, parent or coach. Even less often is when they perform life saving measures and still lose the person. We are not Emergency Department employees that see this daily and we also have a relationship built with those people. Please look into improving a really rotten situation before it happens.
In episode 135 – Tragedy, Death, Grief, Healing we were fresh off the loss of an athlete in which we performed life-saving skills. We desire for each school to have an action plan in place to help the Athletic Trainers and coaches deal with the loss for the next 6 months, not just the next week.
Here is our action plan for you to submit to your district and have on file or in place before a catastrophic injury occurs.
CPR is a skill you never hope to use, NEVER. Dealing with the loss of an athlete after performing CPR and using an AED is not supposed to happen. It did, and I share my story and the grief process. This podcast is recorded early in the stages of grieving.
#1 tip if you know someone dealing with grief and loss:
Text or email them “I was just thinking about you, wondering how you are doing. If you find you need something let me know”
This gives them a chance to easily avoid talking if they do not want to talk at that time or to you but allows them to know they are not alone.
#2 Tip do it again once a week for the next few weeks.