Brian K Farr, Program director at the University of Texas discusses the current Cervical Spine update regarding injury management, treatment and evaluation recommendations.
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Who is Brian Farr?
His full bio on the UT website is here: https://education.utexas.edu/faculty/brian_farr
Brian Farr has been the Director of the Athletic Training Program since its inception in 2002.
He was instrumental in creating the ATP and has led the program through its initial JRC-AT “candidacy” (2002), CAAHEP accreditation (2006), transition to CAATE accreditation (2006), and CAATE re-accreditation (2011). B
He is the co-director and co-founder of the Longhorns Sports Medicine Camp and Director and founder of the Longhorns Lecture Series for Continuing Education, a professional CEU program for area healthcare professionals.
Brian Farr has delivered more than two dozen professional presentations on a variety of sports medicine topics,
He was lead author on a chapter in Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation – An Evidence-Based Approach, 3rd ed and Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation – A Team Approach, 4th ed, and co-authored peer-reviewed, published articles in professional journals.
Appropriate care of the Spine Injured Athlete:
- Have an EAP with local EMS
- Use the “Medical Timeout”
- Proper assessment and management of the injury
- Remove equipment prior to transport
- Equipment removal should be performed by at least 3 experienced rescuers
- Know the different equipment for the different sports…and how to remove it
- Apply rigid CERVICAL stabilization device prior to transport
- Spine injured Athlete should be transported using a rigid immobilization device
- NASEMSO does NOT support the use of rigid backboards for transport…only extraction.
- Certain situations warrant one but not many spine injuries require transport using a rigid immobilization device
- Use techniques to minimize spinal motion
- Develop a plan prior to the start of the any events
- Patient transport directly to a facility that can handle the spinal trauma.
- Collaborate with medical staff, coaches and athletes in prevention of spine injuries
- Medical team needs a strong working knowledge of current research
- Future research continue to investigate the efficacy of these devices
Actual verbiage from Brian's Cervical Spine Update slides
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