August 2, 2019

Abilene Coaches & Sponsors Complete CPR and AED Training

Justin Clark, MHS Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer, instructs a group of Abilene High School and Abilene Middle School coaches and sponsors on CPR and AED administration at Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

In April 2019, the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Board of Directors adopted a rule requiring any head or assistant sport coach/aide or a head or assistant activity sponsor/aide for any KSHSAA sanctioned activity be certified or trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) administration. This rule goes into effect for the 2019-2020 activities year.
Memorial Health System (MHS) Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Justin Clark partnered with Abilene High School (AHS) Nurse Brandi McGivney, both American Heart Association CPR instructors. They offered Adult CPR/AED training to Abilene Middle School (AMS) and AHS coaches and sponsors by hosting five classes during the month of July. Between AMS and AHS, over 90 coaches/sponsors are trained in adult CPR and AED administration to begin the upcoming school year.

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