recent survey by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine found that only about half of the state’s high school coaches have received CPR training, an important figure considering another of the survey’s findings: Those very coaches serve as primary responders in about 78 percent of player “collapses.” In cases of sudden cardiac arrest, each minute spent waiting for CPR reduces the likelihood of survival by about 10 percent, according to Matthew Harer, a pediatrics fellow at the University of Virginia and one of the study’s authors. The survey found that in most sports, only a minority of schools staff CPR-certified athletic trainers at competitions (see below), leaving coaches as a safety net. In April, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association will vote on a proposal mandating CPR and electronic defibrillator training for high school coaches of all ranks.
‘Game Plans’ appears in the January, 2015, issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Click here to subscribe.