Is your student playing any sports? Be sure you're ready in an emergency

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- As students head back to school this fall, many of them will also soon be hitting the practice field once again. And, while no one wants to think about getting hurt, the American Red Cross wants to make sure you know what to do in an emergency.

“School and neighborhood coaches, athletes and spectators need to know how to help prevent and respond to common sports injuries such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions,” said Michelle Hankes CEO of the East Tennessee Region.

To help ensure people are prepared, the organization has set up training courses and developed a number of resources. Information on the courses can be found online at There are also a variety of free Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for Android. You can find a full listing of those at

Some of the resources and courses developed by the Red Cross include:

  • First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program for teens and adults who coach at any age level. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, this course covers first aid skills including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Coaches are encouraged to take a CPR/AED course as well.
  • Family First Aid and CPR is an online course for those not required to have OSHA-compliant certification. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Pediatric modules are also available.
  • American Red Cross First Aid App is a free app for smart phones and tablets. It gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. The app puts lifesaving information right in people’s hands wherever and whenever they need it.

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