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.
We have created an army of lifesavers in Pasadena. Over 700 kids this year have been trained in CPR and life saving skills. in the last 3 years we have trained over 2100 students. After next year we will have trained essentially each student at Pasadena High School in Life Saving skills.
It is a lot of work, but looking at the impact this can have it is worth every second of work.
There are a lot of people involved in this process and I am so thankful for their support.
Pasadena High School
Pasadena Health Center Memorial Hermann
City of Pasadena
American Heart Association
East Texas Medical Center EMS
Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department
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.
Sometimes I just have to let go and see what happens. Our guest did not show, so I trusted my students and we just winged it for this episode, talking about our experiences, and about what we plan to do this year.