Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ohio Department of Education Website for PASP

This is the direct link to the ODE website for the PASP program application for coaches.

If you need to type it in, here is a shorter link to copy:

The 2013-14 Lake Health PASP provider number that you will need is: 2014-008463.  Please remember that this will not work for you unless you were in attendance at our program since I am required to report directly to the ODE who was in attendance at this course.

For reference:
The 2012-13 Lake Health PASP provider number is: 2013-008463
The 2011-12 Lake Health PASP provider number is: 2012-008463
The 2010-11 Lake Health PASP provider number is 2011-008463.

The link to the resources page is:
The link to the bibliography page that was handed out at this course is:

The new concussions in youth sports law requires all coaches to attend an online course that converse the issues related to this injury. The Ohio Department of Health has all of this information linked on their website. The two courses are found at: and at

Resources for High School Coaches

Below is a list of resources that high school coaches may find useful in planning their practices and other activities.  It is my hope that this page will be updated often and have new content added regularly.

I) Heat Illness
   A) This is a urine color chart excerpted from the NATA position statement on hydration in athletes.  This allows athletes to have a quick reference to know how hydrated they are. Here is a link to a PDF format of the urine chart.

   B) This is the temperature and humidity chart for determining the risk of heat illness in a given practice. Pictured is a temperature and humidity chart, a link to a colorized version of the temperature and humidity chart, and a third, colorized chart that has some additional information on it.  I leave all three up here since some people will want to print these graphics while others will keep them on their mobile devices, each with different screen resolutions.

   C) Weight loss calculation charts and instructions
   D) Coach Smart App by Vanderbilt Sports Medicine--Free (iOS, Android)
   E) OHSAA heat index guidelines for practices

II) Lightning Safety
   B) Coach Smart App by Vanderbilt Sports Medicine--Free (iOS, Android)

   C) Boltmeter by Allisonhouse LLC-- $1.99 (iOS)

   D) Mobile Storm by Skywatcher-- (Android)

III) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
   D) Concussion Recognition and Response App: Coach and Parent Version by PAR-- $3.99 (iOS, Android)

   E) Proper Football Helmet Fitting Guidelines:
      1) Riddell Football Helmets (PDF files are on the right and videos are lower on the page)
      2) Schutt Helmet Videos
         a) AIR-XP
         b) DNA Recruit
         c) Youth Ion 4D
      3) Generic Video
      4) USA Football Video (partnered with Riddell)
   F) ImPACT (Neurocognitive testing software purchased by Lake Health for its contract schools)
   H) TBI information
   I)  Nowinski, C. (2006). Head Games: Football'sConcussion Crisis from the NFL to Youth Leagues. Plymouth: Drummond Publishing Group.
   J) Carroll, L., & Rosner, D. (2011). The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic. Philadelphia: Simon & Schuster.

IV) Nutrition
   C) (Federal Drug Administration)     
   D) (Federal Trade Commission)
   E) (Blue Cross/Blue Shield)
   F) / (United States Dept. of Agriculture)

V) Injury Treatment
   B) American Red Cross First Aid App--Free (iOS, Android)

VI) Record Keeping
   B) First aid kit supply list (Football)- This list is broken down into "essential, recommended, and luxury" supplies that are commonly found in first aid kits.
   C) A sample lightning emergency action plan

VII) Infection Control

VIII) Drug and Supplement Assistance
   A) World Anti-Doping Agency App by WADA--Free (iOS, Android)
   B) (World Anti-Doping Agency)

IX) Injury Prevention - Equipment Fitting
   B) Proper helmet fitting videos---See above in TBI resources (Section III)
   D) Hockey Helmet

X) Lake Health PASP Information
   C)  (Lake Health website)

XI) Miscellaneous Online Classes, Links, and Videos
     1) The National Federation of High Schools has a host of free classes that cover topics like concussions, heat acclimatization, and sportsmanship.
     2) The NFHS also has several courses for learning the techniques of coaching most common high school sports for a fee. $50-$75
   B) -- A host of videos sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers' Association on a wide range of topics.
   C) NATA recorded webinars -- Webinars designed for athletic trainers on a wide variety of sports medicine topics.
   D) My social bookmarking site -- My social bookmarking site where there are thousands of articles and videos tagged.
   E) (The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association)
   F) (The National Athletic Trainers’ Association)
   I) (The National Collegiate Athletic Association)
   J) (The National Federation of High Schools
   K) (The Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association)
   L) (The Ohio High School Athletic Association)
   M)  (The International Olympic Committee)

Please note: If you have any other resources that you feel should be added to this list, think something is missing from it, or you find a dead/broken link, please leave a comment below so that I may address the issue.  This is not an exhaustive list and you may know of a resource that is even better than what is listed here. This also means that this is a dynamic blog post that is intended to change often and updated regularly.  I highly recommend that you check back often.

Friday, July 6, 2012


Another app has been released that can assist coaches in planning their practices around inclement weather.  The app is for both the iOS and Android platforms and is called CoachSmart.  This app has some nice features to allow the user to immediately identify temperature, humidity, and heat index readings on the opening screen.
This screen will also temporarily enable alerts to be sent to your phone when lightning strikes are in the area.  I also highly recommend that you keep a temperature and humidity graph with you on your phone so that you can apply this data effectively when designing your practices. (black and white, colorized, colorized with additional information)

The lightning button brings up a screen that gives you information on when the last lightning strike has been in the vicinity.
There are a few issues with this page since the connectivity of this has had some issues and didn't record several severe storms with lightning around me in the last couple of days.  Likewise the map page that is supposed to show a graphical representation of the lightning didn't work as advertised either.  I assume this will be fixed shortly by the developers of the app.

Another issue that I had with this app is that it only looked for lightning within 24 miles.  I am not sure where this value came from, since most detectors are designed to look for it within 30 miles.  This is the minimum distance that was established by the NCAA.  This discrepancy makes this feature of the app useless at the collegiate level.  Hopefully, this will be addressed by the app developer as well.

There is also a nice countdown timer included in the app that is almost certainly designed to time the waiting period after a lightning strike since the default is set to 30 min.  However, that is not to say that is can only be used for that timing.  The timer can be adjusted to time other events that require a  countdown timer.

The app includes the ability for the user to construct an SMS (text) list to contact your entire team at once. The user can also build more than one team.  I have used it to build a "fall sports" and "spring sports" coaches list to contact all of my head and assistant coaches at once.  Obviously, you would need to have text messaging services on a phone to be able to use this feature.

Finally, the last screen contains information on how to respond in the event of an emergency.  It offers brief information on first aid protocols for various injuries and how to respond.

The app is a very strong start to being a great help to coaches, but it does have a couple of shortcomings.  Hopefully, the lightning detection portion, which appears to be some sort of connectivity issue, will be sorted out quickly and patched to work.  I will revisit this post if and when that occurs.

7/26/2012 Addendum:
The bug fixes were released earlier this week and our first thunderstorm came through this morning. I am happy to say that the lightning features are now working and are extremely helpful. I am somewhat hopeful that the heat index will climb to over 100° today so that I can see if the other reported issue was fixed as well. (There were multiple reports that the hundreds place was not showing when the heat index climbed to more than 100°.)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Youth Football League Takes Educational Initiative

In this post, I need to give some love to my sons' youth football league.  This league, which is for kids from 7-12 years of age (2nd-6th grade) from 6 different communities in Northeast Ohio.  The Freeway Youth Football League, recognizing the issues of sports medicine in football, are taking some serious steps to educate themselves before it is a requirement by state law.  They have already scheduled a conference for the coaches in the entire league.  This includes approximately 50 teams with 5 coaches a piece.  Hopefully, this awareness will translate into an attentive group that is willing to learn.  Since the class is scheduled for later this month, I will update this post with how it goes.