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Published on July 09, 2018

Free Bay City Workshop to Focus on Sports-Related Health Events

Injuries, urgencies and emergencies occur all too commonly in a variety of sports venues and settings. Members of the sports medicine “team” are often called upon to respond to these situations and provide the initial care for the athlete until medical personnel arrive to provide more definitive care.

“Although ‘team’ members may have some knowledge of potentially urgent situations, they rarely have the opportunity to practice applying their knowledge and skills in a ‘real time’ setting,” said Family and Sports Medicine Physician J.T Pinney, M.D., medical director of MidMichigan’s WellSport Program. “The R.E.A.C.T. (Responding to Emergent Athletic Conditions and Trauma) Workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of significant sports-related health events and an opportunity to practice the skills needed to appropriately and effectively implement initial management strategies.”

This free workshop will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 3 to 8:45 p.m., at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, located at 3281 Kiesel Road in Bay City. Registration will take place from 3 – 3:15 p.m.

The target audience for the R.E.A.C.T. Workshop includes athletes, school officials, sports officials, coaches, athletic trainers, EMS personnel, athletic directors, health care providers and parents. The core faculty for the workshop will be Dr. Pinney, Family and Sports Medicine Physician Daniel Diaz, D.O., from the WellSport Program, as well as Orthopedic Surgeon John Murphy, D.O. Both Dr. Diaz and Dr. Murphy will see patients in the new MidMichigan Health Park - Bay facility, which is scheduled to open in September 2018.

“This workshop allows participants the opportunity to learn to work together in their various roles, in order to assure the most optimum outcome for the athlete,” said Dr. Pinney. “The goal is to help community members develop and implement effective strategies to respond to urgent and emergent athletic situations.”

The workshop will provide interactive stations so that participants have the opportunity to learn about the management of medical emergencies, head injuries, spinal injuries and musculoskeletal traumas. Participants will also have the option to complete the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR/AED Class immediately following the workshop. Participants must complete the online portion of the course and attend the R.E.A.C.T. Workshop in order to be eligible for the hands-on CPR certification. 

Those who would like to register for the workshop and the optional Heartsaver CPR/AED class may visit www.midmichigan.org/react. Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.