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Strengthening Player Safety: OINJ’s Annual Emergency Action Plan Meeting

Sep 13, 2023

Every year, the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey conducts its annual Emergency Action Plan (EAP) meeting to enhance player safety in high school football. This event unites sports medicine professionals, athletic trainers, and EMS personnel collectively to prepare for potential on-field emergencies.

The Annual Emergency Action Plan Meeting

The annual EAP meeting serves as a vital initiative to ensure the safety of high school football players. Here are the highlights of the event and it’s importance to student athlete safety. 

Comprehensive Training & Unified Preparedness: To begin, the event covered critical areas such as spine boarding techniques, exertional heat management, and trauma response. Attendees learn to recognize, manage, and communicate effectively during emergencies. This fosters collaboration and unity among professionals, leading to a coordinated emergency response. 

On-Field Emergency Drills & Enhanced Player Safety: Participants engage in realistic drills, simulating real-life scenarios. These exercises enhance their preparedness and ability to respond swiftly to emergencies. Prioritizing player safety by proactively addressing potential risks, the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey minimizes dangers and ensures players receive optimal care.

Equipment and Supplies Management: Ensuring emergency equipment is in optimal condition is emphasized. This guarantees that the tools needed for immediate response are readily available.

Effective Communication & Skill Development: Effective communication protocols among all stakeholders are reviewed. This fosters unity in response and facilitates a coordinated effort during emergencies. The meetings impart critical skills, from identifying spinal injuries to managing heat-related illnesses and providing immediate care for traumatic injuries. These skills are invaluable in saving lives.

Documentation and Reporting for Continuous Improvement: The importance of thorough incident documentation and reporting is discussed. Recognizing that an EAP is dynamic, the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey underscores the importance of regular review, updates, and practice. This commitment ensures the EAP remains effective and aligned with the latest best practices.

The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey’s annual Emergency Action Plan meetings are an important foundation of our community’s dedication to player safety in high school football. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's event and we look forward to continuing our mission of player safety. To learn more about the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey and how we help student athletes overcome injury, please view our offerings

This article was reviewed and approved by an orthopedic surgeon as we place a high premium on accuracy for our patients and potential patients.