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Each day next week the Arkansas Activities Association and the Arkansas High School Coaches Association will release a video on Sports Safety. The schedule will be as follows:


Monday, July 12th Heat illness

Tuesday, July 13th Concussion and Athletic Physicals

Wednesday, July 14th Sudden Cardiac

Thursday, July 15th Communicable Disease

Friday, July 16th Emergency Action Plans and Athletic Training


The purpose of the week is to bring attention to the areas above and give a resource for our member schools to provide sports medicine professional development to coaches. 


It is our hope that schools will use a facilitator (athletic trainer, nurse, athletic director, administrator) to lead their coaching staff through discussions as they watch the videos. The discussion should focus on how to implement the research and best practices presented in the videos into school policies and procedures as well as update emergency action plans.


We are a few weeks away from the start of the school year and the start of team practices. Now is a perfect time to refresh and update our knowledge on the research and best practices presented in these videos.


July 12th   Heat Illness (15 minutes)

Presentation and discussion with Dr. Brendon McDermott, associate professor at the University of Arkansas Director of heat stress, fluid balance and renal physiology research lab and Laurel Shepherd, Outreach Director for Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life.


July 13th   Concussion and Athletic Physicals (17 minutes)

Presentation by Dr. Michael Israel - As a non-surgical sports medicine physician, Dr. Michael Israel treats a multitude of sports-related medical issues. He is the only physician in Central Arkansas with board certification in both pediatrics and sports medicine. Dr. Israel earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After residency, he completed his sports medicine fellowship training at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama under the guidance of Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jody Ortega. Dr. Israel has provided sports coverage for many high schools and colleges. He serves as the sports medicine advisor for the athletic programs of the Little Rock, Jacksonville, and White Hall School Districts and is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He currently sees patients in the orthopedic clinic and the Arkansas Children's Hospital Sports-Related Concussion clinic.


July 14th   Sudden Cardiac

Presentation by Dr. Brian K. Eble, a pediatric cardiologist practicing primarily at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and is teaching faculty at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He came from Missouri for pediatric training and fell for an Arkansas girl, dragged her down to Houston for his pediatric cardiology fellowship, and they have been back here ever since. Dr. Eble’s interests include pediatric exercise physiology and the critical care of children recovering from heart surgery, as well as watching his daughter break ankles on the basketball court.


July 15th   Communicable Disease (18 minutes)

Discussion with Dr. Ramon Ylanan, a graduate of the University of Virginia and Ross University Medical school, has over 13 year of sports medicine experience. In addition to serving as a Team Physician for the Arkansas Razorbacks and multiple high schools in Northwest Arkansas, he is the Fellowship Program Director of UAMS Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. He has been practicing in NWA since 2012.


July 16th   Emergency Action Plans and Athletic Training Coverage (25 minutes)

Keith Shireman, Athletic Trainer, Batesville School District

Jeremy Braziel, President of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association

Dr. Andrea Martin, Superintendent, Greenland School District

Lee Larkin, Athletic Director, Greenland School District

Taylor Bowker, Athletic Trainer, Greenland School District

Jeremy Braziel, President of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association