emergency medical response

designed to provide the skills necessary to practice in a sports physical therapy setting . . . learn emergency management of sports injuries, proper fitting equipment during sporting events, illnesses and rehabilitation of injuries

Course Overview

The purpose of the American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response (EMR) course is to provide the participant with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a first responder in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of an injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help can arrive.

This three day course that covers all aspects of EMR including CPR, AED, EMS operations, wound and fracture management, spine boarding, pediatrics, specialty populations, environmental management, systemic review of body systems and injuries as related to sports. The student is responsible for both written and practical tests. Workbook must be completed.

Course Objectives

Here’s what you’ll learn.


EMS System

Explain how the EMS system works and how the first responder’s role in the EMS system differs from a citizen responder



Recognize signs and symptoms of shock (hypoperfusion) and describe how to minimize its effects


Breathing Emergencies

Recognize breathing emergencies, such as airway obstruction, and provide proper care for them


Medical Trauma

Describe common types of medical and trauma emergencies in infants and children and the necessary care


Cardiovascular Injury

Recognize the signs and symptoms of a possible heart attack, and describe how to care for someone who is experiencing perisitent chest pain and/or other signs and symptoms of heart attack


EMS System

Explain the role of the first responder in EMS operations

Day One Schedule

Day One EMR Morning

08:00-08:15Intro to EMR
08:15-08:45The Emergency Medical Responder
08:45-09:15Bloodborne Pathogens
09:15-09:30Well-being of the Emergency Responder
09:30-10:00Medical, Legal, Ethical Issues
10:15-10:45Lifting and Moving
10:45-11:30Primary and Secondary Assessment Lab
11:30-12:00Communication and Documentation

Day One EMR Afternoon

13:00-13:30Airway and Ventilation
13:30-14:00Airway Management
14:00-14:45Circulatory System and Cardiac Emergencies
15:00-16:00CPR and AED
16:00-17:00CPR/AED Testing

Day Two Schedule

Day Two EMR Morning

08:30-09:00Bleeding and Trauma
09:00-09:30Bleeding Lab
09:30-10:00Chest Injuries
10:00-10:30Abdominal Injuries
10:45-11:15Facial/Throat Injuries
1:30-12:00Fracture Lab

Day Two EMR Afternoon

14:30-15:30Spine Injuries
15:45-17:00Spine Injuries Lab

Day Three Schedule

Day Three EMR Morning

08:00-08:30Medical Emergencies
08:45-09:15Substance Abuse/Misuse
09:15-10:00Behavioral Emergencies
11:15-11:30EMS support and operations

Day Three EMR Afternoon

13:00-14:00Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
14:00-17:00Written and Oral Practical Exam

what former students have to say

I have been blessed to work with thousands of students/course attendees over the years and each of them has helped me at least as much as I’ve been able to teach them. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many great people!

David has an insightful way of looking at injuries and the best way to prevent them. He doesn’t just present standard exercise or rehab protocols, he gives us real world information that we can use now.


DPT, CSCS, Arrowhead Physical Therapy

I met David when he came to lecture in China at Beijing Sport University. He had good information to share and it was well received by me and my classmates. I have incorporated this information in the research I now do. Thank you David.


Researcher, China Institute of Sport Science

When I was pursuing my doctoral degree, David was one of our faculty members. He provided research to support what he taught, which I greatly appreciated. Not only that, he made us think by asking us many questions in reply to our questions. When he was done teaching the course, he remained a mentor and continues to help with professional issues to this day!


PhD, CSCS, Springfield

It was great having David teach our Biomechanics course. He supplemented the textbook information with situations and experiences he has had. So many times we have teachers that haven’t worked with athletes (which is what I want to do), it helps a ton to be able to have him share those athlete stories with us. It makes it more real.


MS, ATC, CSCS, Briarwood Soccer Club

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