CPR/AED Clinics for Coaches Held in Chicago Area

Author: ASEP marketing

10/23/2009

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) recommends that all scholastic coaches be CPR/AED certified, and sport organizations have typically relied on outside sources to certify their coaches. Now, the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) offer coaches the chance to become CPR/AED certified through a new program, CPR/AED for Coaches.

Upcoming CPR/AED for Coaches clinics and instructor trainings

Date: Saturday, November 7
Location: Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, IL (North Chicago suburb)
Times: 9:00 - 11:30 am instructor training; 12:00 - 2:30 pm coaches training
Fees: $40 for coaches; $165 for instructor training
Registration deadline: October 30

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Location: Oswego Family YMCA in conjunction with Kickers Soccer Club, Oswego, Illinois
Times: 3:00 - 5:30 pm instructor training; 6:00 - 8:30 pm coaches training
Fees: $40 for coaches; $165 for instructor training
Registration deadline: November 11

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Location: Sandridge Fitness Center, Calumet City, IL (south Chicago suburb)
Times: 9:00 - 11:30 am instructor training; 12:00 - 2:30 pm coaches training
Fees: $40 for coaches; $165 for instructor training
Registration deadline: February 20, 2010

The instructor fee covers the cost of the course and includes an instructor kit containing additional training material and a mannequin. To register for any of these sessions or for more information on the CPR/AED for Coaches course, contact Mark Baumann, ASEP scholastic sales manager, at 800-747-5698, ext. 2258 or MarkB@hkusa.com.

In contrast to general CPR courses offered through other organizations, CPR/AED for Coaches is designed specifically for coaches. The blended course format combines an online component with hands-on training and incorporates sport-based scenarios. Participants are required to complete an online portion before attending the in-person clinic. After completing the course, participants earn a two-year certification. ASEP documents and tracks all certifications through its National Coaches Registry.

The benefits of CPR/AED for Coaches to sport organizations are many, according to ASEP executive director Jim Schmutz. "An obvious advantage of the ASEP course is that it's designed specifically for coaches," notes Schmutz. "The scenarios depicted in the course are set in the context of sport, presenting real-life situations coaches may face on the field of play. That's not the case with general CPR or first aid courses."

Another advantage is for sport administrators to take control of their training programs, adds Schmutz. "Administrators and athletic trainers who become certified instructors can offer the courses when and where it's convenient at an affordable price," he notes, "Another valuable component of using the ASEP course is the built-in tracking mechanism available to athletic administrators in their efforts to provide the safest environment for their athletes. Having an up-to-date database administered by ASEP saves time while providing peace of mind in being able to access the information and know that compliance standards for all coaches have been met," said Schmutz.

In addition to coaches, sport administrators and athletic trainers are eligible to take CPR/AED for Coaches with the aim of becoming certified instructors. Those who are already certified through another organization, such as American Heart Association or American Red Cross, can become certified with ASHI through a simple reciprocity arrangement.