Emergency Management of Sports Equipment
Football equipment generally protects the athlete. However, after injury, the facemask is a barrier to treatment of the injured athlete's airway and shoulder pads block access to the chest. Researchers from NHMI, the University of New Hampshire and other institutions have collaboratively performed several studies investigating the best tools and methods for facemask removal and research in this area is ongoing. NHMI Board member Erik Swartz and Executive Director Laura Decoster are currently working with other researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill to identify the best approaches to providing lifesaving care for critically-injured football players. This video describes a recently-completed research project which was supported by a grant from NFL Charities.
In 2011, a manuscript in this line won 1st Runner Up for the Journal of Athletic Training's Kenneth L. Knight Award for Outstanding Manuscript.
Click Here to read the full text of this paper. Click Here to watch a video about this research.
Football Helmet, Facemask, and Shoulder Pad Designs: Implications for Acute Airway and Cardiovascular Care in Medical Emergencies. NFL Charities Grant Received. Abstracts: Effectiveness of Chest Compressions in Various Football Equipment Conditions