CPR Certification: A Necessity for Every Coach

As a coach, you are aware of every situation on the court. You spend a great deal of time working on your strengths, but you take even more time preparing for the worst and limiting the effect it will have on your team. The worst thing that can happen, however, doesn’t take place during the game and it is something that not all coaches are prepared for.


Player Safety:

Player safety is the number one responsibility for a coach, regardless of sports, age or gender. The best way to adhere to this responsibility is to stay up-to-date on your CPR and First Aid training. These important skills are easy to learn and can be the difference between life and death.

When you look for a babysitter to watch your children, one qualification you want them to have is CPR certification. As a coach, you may not want to feel like a babysitter but this is one of the many roles you have. If something happens and a player stops breathing, you may be the only one in the gym with your kids.


Worth Every Penny:

Are you prepared to handle the situation described in the last paragraph? If you are not, do not worry. CPR certification does not take much time or money and can be done at many different locations. To find CPR training locations near you, please consult the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or your local hospital. Training is inexpensive and is worth every penny.


Highest Risk Sport:

Reports show that more than 100 sudden cardio deaths happen among American, middle school, high school and college athletes every year. And basketball has been found to have the highest risk of any sport. The fast pace and constant starting and stopping can put even the healthiest players in danger.

Luckily, if used properly and started immediately, CPR and defibrillation increase the chance of survival for even the worst cardio episodes. However, many states do not require schools to carry Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). Any location you use for practice and games, please be aware of whether they carry an AED. If they do not, you should recommend that they get one immediately.


Most Important Coaching Decision:

Sudden cardio death is something to be aware of, but not fear. You probably tell your players all the time to overcome fears by preparation and practice. Take your own advice and become CPR certified. It may be the most important decision you’ll ever make as a coach.



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jhonnel escober says:
12/11/2013 at 2:55:09 AM

sir please send some techniques or drills for dribbling and defense drills

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Ken Sartini says:
12/11/2013 at 12:59:14 PM

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Go to the upper left corner under PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. I think you will find a lot of things that can help you.

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Ken Sartini says:
12/11/2013 at 1:10:41 PM

As for this -

Most Important Coaching Decision:

Sudden cardio death is something to be aware of, but not fear. You probably tell your players all the time to overcome fears by preparation and practice. Take your own advice and become CPR certified. It may be the most important decision you’ll ever make as a coach.


My second year at the high school level I had a 14 year old boy drop dead at my feet. Another coach and I administered CPR to no avail. It is something that I have NEVER forgotten ( 38 years ago ) I know that we did everything we could do to save that boy and I can only say that I am glad that I knew how to do that otherwise I would be carrying a huge guilt trip today.

As a coach ...........This is one of the most important articles that you will find on this site....

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Judy Wilson says:
3/10/2016 at 3:48:48 PM

I thought that you made some really interesting points for why being CPR certified is necessary when training basketball. This could be really important for my husband to know now that he's training a kids basketball team. I'm surprised that it's the highest risk sport for cardiac deaths. I'll make sure that my husband knows this so that he can know what to do to save one of the kids on his team if this happens.

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Justin says:
8/19/2016 at 11:18:29 AM

I just got my first coaching job, so I appreciate these thoughts. I had not thought about needing to get my CPR certification. I could see that being a very important decision though, as you mentioned. How would you go about choosing the right CPR class to attend?

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