CPR and AED training for coaches

Posted at: 02/27/2013 5:07 PM
Updated at: 02/27/2013 5:46 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It's something that could save a child's life. Wednesday evening, sports coaches will be at the Brighton Recreation Center to learn what to do if someone goes into cardiac arrest on the field.

A training team will be training 18 coaches CPR and how to use an AED, or automated external defibrillator. Section V colleges are required to know this, but if you coach in a recreation league, you're not. And the training team with the Brighton Volunteer Ambulance says the training could save lives.

Justin Schindler, training manager, said, “When something happens on the field, we can't get there in seconds, so by implementing these steps, they can help save a life prior to the fire and ambulance getting there.”
The Brighton Ambulance will be training coaches from around the area Wednesday in those life saving steps. Those steps are the use of CPR and an AED. There is at least one AED in every school and at most baseball and lacrosse fields. Also, coaches are required to have one if they are the traveling team. It's a process that experts say can save a life.

Schindler said, “Most cardiac arrest survivals are within the first three minutes of onset. So by having CPR and the first defibrillator happening in the first two minutes, you are increasing your chances of survival significantly.”
There is also an emotional connection for this community. Last year, a 12-year-old lacrosse player from Brighton was killed when he was hit in the chest by a ball and went into cardiac arrest. Tyler Kopp was wearing all the proper safety equipment.

Schindler said, “This training is being done in honor of him to insure that more people understand CPR and the use of the AEDs so if something like this were to happen again it could be quickly delivered.”

News10NBC's Amanda Ciavarri said, “Would this kind of training made a difference when it came to Tyler’s case?  

Jonathan Smith, Director of Operations, said, “Specifically Tyler’s case is unique. He suffered from what is called Commotio Cordis, which is a strike to a very specific area to the chest. The training we will be offering tonight will not guarantee survival in every case, unfortunately, there are just some cases that aren't survivable.”

The training will at 6:00pm at the Brighton Recreation Center. 18 coaches will be there at his training. If you missed this training, they will be holding one every few months.