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Grand Rounds: Pediatric Sports Medicine Emergencies


By John Wigal, DO , Sports Medicine Physician, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Sports Medicine

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Differentiate between urgent and emergent situations in the downed athlete. 2. Explain prevention, evaluation, and management of heat-related illness. 3. Identify treatment options available on the sideline.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

An estimated 30 million children and adolescent participate in organized sports per year and pediatric sports medicine emergencies are estimated to result in 3.5 million injuries per year. Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children, and approximately 2.7 million children are treated in the emergency department annually for sports-related injuries, per the CDC. Emergency action plans should be in place and outline response to emergencies.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


John Wigal, D.O has identified that he has no financial relationships with any ineligible companies.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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“Recognizing Internal Injuries in Young Athletes.” Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, Accessed 15 Sept. 2022.

Mason, Zadan, et al. “Emergency Preparedness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Amateur ... : Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.” LWW, 19 Aug. 2022,

Waninger, Kevin, et al. “Adequate Performance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Techniques during Simulated Cardiac Arrest over and under Protective Equipment in Football - PubMed.” PubMed, 1 July 2014,

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