From a young age, Erin Stovall felt that she was meant to be an Athletic Trainer. She received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Sonoma State University, as well as a Master of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. Stovall is currently in her second year as Head Athletic Trainer at Archibishop Riordan High School. With a background in multiple levels of injury management, she was well prepared for a test of this knowledge.

On February 5, 2014, a few students raced into Stovall’s office in a panic. Their baseball coach passed out after running a mile with them. Stovall quickly ran onto the baseball field to find the 60-year-old assistant JV baseball coach lying lifeless, without a pulse. Finding he was no longer breathing, she immediately started CPR and administered a shock with an AED. Shortly after, the man began to breathe.

“Even though emergencies are rare, they do happen, and when they do, it’s imperative to have someone who is knowledgeable, calm and prompt in responding to them,” said Stovall.

An ambulance arrived and quickly transported the assistant coach to the emergency room. After a week of intensive care, he walked away with no long-term side effects. He returned to coaching within five weeks. Stovall says it’s vital to have certified athletic trainers in all high schools.

“Without qualified individuals like Athletic Trainers overseeing athletic medical services, the immediate and correct response to emergency situations can be delayed, and have dire consequences.”

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