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St. Francis Sports Medicine Newsletter | May 2009

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grade kids up for

a challenge? They're invited to come test
skills against
the best
at the 3rd
annual St. Francis

Sports Medicine
Sports Performance
Challenge! Hosted by
St. Francis Sports
Medicine, D1 Sports
and the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes,
this event offers fun
competition and
a chance to earn
college scholarships.

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St. Francis
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Safe Harbor Run

5/11, 5/18, 5/25

Thornblade Tennis
Injury Clinics

5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Donaldson Center
Training Rides

5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Injury Clinics

5/14 - 5/17
BMW Charity
Pro-Am Golf

5/21 - 5/24
Seniors Tennis

St. Francis Sports
Challenge Awards

5/28 - 5/30
POA Race Series

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As Spring rolls into full force, our attention turns to the outdoors and the many outdoor activities that we enjoy. In this edition, we focus on outdoor safety ... in particular those unpredictable thunderstorms.

As always, we appreciate your relationship and strive to serve all of your athletic healthcare needs.

Be Prepared for Bad Weather

By Kenny Cabe, ATC
According to the National Weather Service, April and May are among the most thunderstorm-intensive months, especially in the southern states.  What can certified athletic trainers, coaches, parents, and participants do to be prepared for severe weather?

We must realize that severe weather can arise at a moment's notice. And, lightning can be dangerous for athletes and spectators alike.

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has established some recommendations for lightning safety. They are:

Establish a chain of command as to who makes the decision to remove players from the field, cancel or postpone an event.

Have a designated "weather watcher" (Someone who actively watches for impending weather).

Have a means of monitoring local forecasts and weather warnings, like a radio or cell phone.

Designate a safe shelter venue.

Use the "flash-to-bang" method to determine the distance the lightning is from you. Count from the flash of lightning to the bang of thunder and divide by five - this number should relate to the number of miles away the storm is from your current location. Lightning has been reported to have struck from as far as 10 miles away.

Wait at least 30 minutes, once activities have been suspended, from the last sound of thunder or flash of lightning before resuming activities.

Avoid being the highest point in an open field, and seeking shelter under trees or near a flagpole.

Assume a lightning safe position. Do not lie flat on the ground.

Observe proper first aid procedures in managing victims of a lightning strike:
      Survey the scene
      Call EMS
      If necessary move the victim to a safe location
      Evaluate airway, breathing, and circulation. 
        Begin CPR if necessary.

Ensure that individuals have the right to leave an athletic site in order to seek a safe structure if the person feels in danger of impending lightning activity, without fear of repercussions or penalty.

Common sense is the best way to protect yourself and your athletes or children in severe weather.  Be aware and use good judgment.

St. Francis Six-a-Side Soccer
League Registration Now Open
St Francis Six a side soccer league has opened registration for its season starting June 8th and going through August 4th. The season includes 8 games, plus the playoffs.  Games are Monday and Tuesday nights with 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm start times. The divisions of play are: Men's D1, D2, and Coed teams. Please click here to register >>

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