MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners, the NBA’s Houston Rockets, and the Sports+Med Departments at Arizona State University, and the University of Maryland. “The more Sports+Med teams we can reach the greater chance we have of avoiding another Hank Gathers type incident, and that’s been our goal from the start”
People always ask why does PSE spend so much time with professional hockey? Great question 3 reasons:
1) The potential for serious injury. Think about it, you have these great athletes flying around on a sheet of ice carrying sticks and banging into boards with blades on their feet, while a frozen rubber projectile is flying around the ice at 100 mph. The potential for various types of blunt trauma and lacerations is like no other sport.
2) The players. The players we’ve had the chance to meet and work around are a lot like firefighter’s. A fire station is a very special place, and a professional hockey locker room is very similar. Our group enjoys being around that type of environment, and working with that group of professionals.
3) The Sports-Med staffs. As fire based EMS paramedics, we can appreciate a commitment to EMS excellence, and Emergency Medical Preparedness. The Sports-Med staffs of professional hockey have a similar commitment to provide the very best EMS care for their teams, and it’s very rewarding for us to work with such a great group of professionals.
Since 2014 professional hockey’s experienced 2 game time cardiac arrest events. Both players survived their event neurologically intact. The response and treatment provided by the Sports-Med team’s during these events contributed to the positive outcomes of both patients.