When Time is of the Essence.

The Emergency Medical Responder Special Interest Group (EMR SIG) consists of Sports Section members who are invested in training physical therapists interested in acute sports medicine coverage.

Historically, the Emergency Medical Responder Course (EMRC), presented by the Sports Section, has been developed from the American Red Cross EMR. The EMRC is a course that requires 48-53 hours of lecture/lab, including management of traumatic injuries, identification and management of general medical conditions, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. The certification for both the EMR and the CPR for the Professional Rescuer are valid for two years.

Due to the nature of educational background in physical therapy curricula, the EMRC has additional emphasis on acute care management when compared to the American Red Cross course. At the current time, successful completion of the EMRC is a prerequisite for eligibility to sit for the ABPTS Sports Physical Therapy Specialist Certification (SCS) examination. Many Sports Physical Therapy Residency Programs use the EMR as a content source for the didactic portion of their acute care management curriculum.

Emergency Medical Responder SIG Goal:
The goal of the Emergency Response SIG is to provide a source for educational information and education in the pre-hospital care of the injured athlete.

Emergency Medical Responder SIG Mission Statement:

The mission statement of the Emergency Response SIG is to provide quality educational programming for the physical therapist in the area of pre-hospital care of the injured athlete through regional educational courses.

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Emergency Response SIG
Laura A. Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Second Term 2016-2019
Justin Smith, PT, DPT, SCS, RN
Second Term 2016-2019