The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) introduce CPR/AED for Coaches, a new course in the ASEP Professional Coaches Education Program's Bronze Level.
"We're excited to bring this life-saving training to high school coaches across the country," says Amy Tocco, Executive Director of ASEP. "We rely on our coaches to be competent first-responders in emergency situations, and knowing how to properly use an AED and how to perform CPR are absolute essentials," she adds. "We applaud organizations such as the Texas University Interscholastic League that require AEDs be placed in all schools. The next step is to ensure that everyone knows how to use them."
CPR/AED for Coaches will be delivered as a blended course, requiring participants to complete roughly two hours of online instruction prior to attending a two- hour hands-on clinic demonstrating proper CPR and AED technique. State high school associations and individual schools adopting the course will have the option of offering it as an add-on to ASEP's long- standing Sport First Aid classroom course or as a separate course.
Jerry Reeder, ASEP Sales and Implementation Manager for Scholastic Sports, says the new course will be a tremendous convenience to coaches. "Many state high school associations require coaches to obtain a CPR card in addition to taking ASEP's Sport First Aid course," says Reeder. Traditionally, coaches have had to attend a separate clinic through the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or local fire department to get CPR certification, says Reeder. "By completing CPR/AED for Coaches and Sport First Aid at the same time, coaches fulfill all the requirements in one fell swoop."
The course will also be a convenience to state association and school district administrators charged with tracking coaches' CPR certifications, a task that has proved overwhelming in the past, according to Reeder. "With best intentions, many states require CPR certification for coaches, but they really have no way of tracking it efficiently, if at all," says Reeder. "Some states that currently do not require CPR certification would like to, but they realize they can't handle the task of monitoring compliance. With CPR/AED for Coaches, ASEP tracks participation in the course through the ASEP National Coaches Registry, where administrators can run their own reports of course completion through the ASEP Web site."
ASEP is looking to its current network of Sport First Aid instructors to become certified to teach the course as well. If you're interested in becoming a CPR/AED for Coaches instructor, contact Jerry Reeder.
Separate registration fees will be established for the online and classroom portions of the course. Coaches who take the course in conjunction with Sport First Aid will not be charged additionally for the online portion of the course (a $22 value).
Those interested in adopting CPR/AED for Coaches for their coaching education program should contact Jerry Reeder at 800-747-5698, ext. 2325, or e-mail JerryR@hkusa.com.
The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) is an organization of approximately 35,000 professional safety and health educators and more than 5,500 training centers around the world. ASHI training center membership covers a wide range of organizations, including local emergency medical service, fire, rescue and law enforcement agencies, hospitals, universities, public school districts, community colleges, vocational schools, charitable foundations, local and federal governments, and public and private corporations and training companies. ASHI's mission is to continually improve safety and health education by promoting high standards for members, principles of sound research for curriculum development, and the professional development of safety and health instructors worldwide.