Lafayette Sports Medicine Hosts S.M.A.R.T. Workshop
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College and Coordinated Health presented an all-day Sideline Management Assessment Response Techniques (S.M.A.R.T.) Workshop on Friday, Aug. 5 in Fisher Stadium and Bourger Varsity Football House on Lafayette’s campus.
“The S.M.A.R.T. Workshop provides excellent hands-on practice of life-saving skills and on-field management of catastrophic injuries,” said Matt Bayly, Lafayette’s Director of Sports Medicine. “I’m grateful to the many constituents that brought this event to Lafayette, in particular Coordinated Health for their continued support and partnership of all things Lafayette.”
The event drew over 70 athletic trainers, 15 team physicians and multiple EMS providers and was led by Steve Cole, associate athletics director for internal affairs at William & Mary. Cole was assisted by a faculty consisting of Dr. Sue Shapiro from Barry University and Dr. Neil Matthews of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
“The Lafayette College athletic training staff did a remarkable job of hosting a quality event,” said Cole. “The sponsorship of Coordinated Health reinforces their commitment to quality health care in the Lehigh Valley.”
“It was a pleasure to participate in a very hands-on applicable workshop that brought athletic trainers, emergency medical services, and physicians together for the common task of reviewing and implementing on-the-field critical care for the spine injured athlete along with concussion evaluation,” added Dr. Shapiro.
The S.M.A.R.T. system was developed by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and aims to improve the quality of medical coverage for student-athletes and increase the confidence and competency of physicians providing care.
The program consisted of morning sessions on concussion management, mental health and a head athletic trainer panel while the afternoon was devoted entirely to the S.M.A.R.T. Workshop.