EMRA: Emergency Medical Response for Acute Athletic Injury and Illness


This blended online and live course will present an in-depth view of acute injury and illness management for physical therapists interested in treating an athletic population as Emergency Medical Responders. Participants can expect an overview of emergency medical systems and legal duties/ protection of emergency medical responders. This course will also discuss bleeding and wound management to limit the transmission of diseases. Course participants can expect in-depth instruction on the components of primary and secondary assessments including cardiac and respiratory emergencies, as well as the assessment and management of face, head, spine, abdominal, and extremity injuries. This course will satisfy requirements for initial ABPTS Board-Certification and recertification of Board- Certified Sports Clinical Specialists.

  • To design a sample emergency action plan of an athletic venue
  • Identify the legal duties and protection of an Emergency Medical Responder
  • Identify scenarios where standard and/or universal precautions should be taken to limit transmission of disease
  • List the steps of an on-field primary and secondary assessment
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of airway compromise
  • Explain the administration of an EpiPen during suspected anaphylaxis
  • Recognize the signs of cardiac emergencies
  • Demonstrate the steps of the chain of survival to decrease mortality
  • Identify types of techniques used for bleeding management
  • Identify signs and symptoms that require emergency referral following suspected head injury
  • Demonstrate a sideline examination following suspected concussion
  • Demonstrate spine injury management protocol for athletes with and without athletic equipment
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of athletic facial injuries
  • Analyze signs and symptoms of athletic chest, thorax, and abdominal injuries to recommend appropriate acute management
  • Demonstrate splinting procedures for upper and lower extremity fractures or dislocations

Online Agenda:

Online Course Material

  • Emergency management systems (1 hr)
  • Legal issues (0.5 hrs)
  • Disease transmission (1 hr)
  • Epipen administration  (0.5 hr)
  • Bleeding & wound management (1  hr)
  • Concussion (1.5 hr)
  • Nasal and ocular injuries (0.5 hrs)
  • Chest, thoracic, abdominal injuries (1 hr)

Onsite Agenda

  • 8:00- 8:30 Welcome/ Introduction
  • 8:30- 9:30 Primary and Secondary Assessment
  • 9:30-10:00 Airway Emergencies & Oxygen
  • 10:00- 10:45 Chain of Survival and Cardiac Emergencies- CPR/AED
  • 10:45-11:30 Primary and Secondary Assessment Case Scenarios Skills Practice and Check Off
  • 11:15-12:00 Airway Emergencies & Oxygen, Chain of Survival and Cardiac Emergencies- CPR/AED Practice and Case Scenarios Skills Check Off
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 Spine Injuries
  • 1:30- 2:30 Injuries to the Extremities- Fracture and Dislocation Management
  • 2:30-4:45 Spine Injuries, Fracture and Dislocation Management Practice and Skills Check Off
  • 4:45-5:00 Wrap- Up/ Closing

Available Courses


Emergency Medical Response for Acute Athletic Injury and Illness (Dunwoody, GA)

Apr. 30, 2022
Dunwoody, GA

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Emergency Medical Response for Acute Athletic Injury and Illness (Washington, PA)

Jun. 4, 2022
Washington, PA

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Emergency Medical Response for Acute Athletic Injury and Illness (Frisco, TX)

Aug. 6, 2022

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