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.