Friday, September 16, 2011

Coaches learn about injury prevention

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Coaches are in charge of team strategy and they push players to get into good physical shape.

St. Francis Medical Center is training coaches to also guard against injuries.

St. Francis’ sixth annual coaches clinic on Thursday featured speakers Dr. Stephen Jordan, neuropsychologist at St. Francis, and Jason Stinson, a Kentucky football coach charged with reckless homicide after one of his players died of a heat related illness.

Mark Thompson of the marketing department at St. Francis said they wanted to engage the players, parents, and, most importantly, the coaches in the sports medicine program at the hospital.

"We felt that coaches are teachers and if we want to teach the coaches and want them understand what’s in the best interest of the students and to help them be better coaches we probably should start a program like Coaches Clinic," Thompson said.

The coaches were given several hands-on opportunities at the clinic.

They learned the basics of CPR and how to tape ankles, shins, fingers, and turf toe to prevent further injury.

There will be another Coaches Clinic held in the spring.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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