Kyle Group Updates


2022 Updates

Mike Kordecki, Glenn Henry, and Ray Castle at the 2022 LATA meeting with The Kyle Group members.


2021 Updates

Ron Courson, director of Sport Medicine at UGA invited Dr Kyle to join the UGA Athletic Medicine Review Board. In June, Dr Kyle participated in a comprehensive review of challenging 2020-21 health care delivery to student athletes during year one of the COVID 19 pandemic. Dr Jim Ellis, Atlanta 96 Venue Medical Director, and Super Bowl Emergency Physician, and Ron Courson are included in photo. Of note, all coaches interviewed expressed concern of mental health issues related to the pandemic in their athletes.


The District of Columbia ATA requested updates during the pandemic. In June, TKG provided on-line virtual education to the DC athletic training community. As a result, a new DCATA MTO checklist was provided to all high schools in the capitol city.

2020 Updates

The Kyle Group enjoyed an opportunity to provide international collaboration with Japan lacrosse pre-game emergency preparedness with MTO for all member institutions. Early results with top 10 checklist revealed increased awareness and enthusiastic endorsement.

In response to the COVID 19 Pandemic, The West Virginia ATA researched and developed a new 2020 MTO with infection control added to the checklist for WVATA 2020 MTO.

2019 Updates

TKG partnered with the Korey Stringer Institute affiliated with the University of Connecticut for development and global awareness of Friday Night Medical Time Out. The updated KSI 2019 MTO was ready for use for all high schools in the nation for the 2019 season. Study group for this project included Dr Samm Scarneo Miller, KSI research fellow, and Ron Courson, Director of Sports Medicine at UGA. Notable additions included Hemorrhage Control, Spinal Immobilization changes, and Climate monitoring.


In addition, collaboration and research with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association (GATA) resulted in new 2019 publications of 2019 MTO for over 500 high school. The president of the GATA, Amos Mansfield in collaboration with CHOPS and GATA leader Jeff Hopp, Marietta HS produced a 10 minute MTO video shared with all high schools in Georgia.

TKG traveled to Philadelphia in July to educate the Jefferson University Emergency Medicine team for grand-rounds on emergency preparedness for sports venue coverage. The invitation for this educational opportunity was a result of Dr Jenn White, chair of EM at Jefferson, after awareness of the MTO at Current Concepts of Emergency Care conference at Maui, HI.


In May, Dr Kyle traveled to Dallas, TX to participate in the Andrew Institute 2019 Injuries in Football Conference at the Dallas Cowboys training facility in Frisco. As Moderator of the Emergency Situations session, Dr Kyle provided details concerning updates under consideration to the 2019 Medical Time Out. Proposed additions of sideline hemorrhage control kits as well of additional hand signal for airway emergency (NFL 60 Minute Meet 2018 addition) were introduced for discussion and feedback.

Members of the Dallas Cowboys medical staff including Dr Daniel Cooper, Head Team Physician and Dr. Andrew Clavenna, Spine Consultant provided valuable insight with discussion of On the Field Management of the Dislocated Knee and Spine Injuries in Football.


A key component the afternoon session included a skill station rotation. Michael Kordecki, DPT, with Praxis Physical Therapy and Human Performance in Vernon Hills, IL provided “hands-on” instruction for on the field equipment removal in athletes with suspect C-Spine injury. In addition, Mary Miller, ATC traveled the short distance from Allen High School in Plano to assist with AED training and sentinel seizure awareness for athlete sudden cardiac arrest. This practice scenario also prompted equipment removal and early chest exposure for AED placement in the downed athlete.

2018 Updates

In June, President, Barbara Kyle and Dr Kyle participated in the NFL Youth Sports Safety Think Tank at NFL headquarters in NYC. Dr Allen Sills, NFL Chief Medical Officer, invited The Kyle Group to provide a history and update of the Friday Night Medical Time Out.

MTO program implementation in rural settings as well as metro region start-up and success examples were shared with the NFL Health and Safety staff. Copies of the WVOEMS Sports Venue Protocol 9205 were provided and the importance of EMS positioning on the track with high spectator visibility in the “fish bowl” arena to avoid “chaos and confusion”.


Dr Sills introduced The Kyle Group referencing the NFL’s “60 Minute Meeting” design and implementation during the 2017 season as an example of the importance of a pre-game checklist to promote safe youth sports play. In addition, NFL plans to include a sideline Emergency Physician and Paramedic combo for response to airway emergency situations were discussed.

Other participants in the think tank included Dr Alex Diamond, Director of the Vanderbilt University Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS), Doug Casa, CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, and Lt Gen Richard Mills, President, The Marine Corps University Foundation. Youth sport concussion current concepts were presented live by Dr Uzma Samadani, Neurosurgeon, University of Minnesota, and with remote broadcast by Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, Associate Director, Sports Concussion Program NorthShore University.

2017 Updates

The Kyle Group, PLLC guest lecture at New River Community and Technical College Paramedic Program…Beaver, WV October 10, 2017
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Dr. James Kyle was welcomed as a guest lecturer for the Paramedic Program at New River Community and Technical College where he serves as the Medical Director for that program.  Dr. Kyle met with the paramedics emphasizing the importance of the job that they are training to perform and thanking them for making the commitment to save lives.  Dr. Kyle spent time with the students going over many different topics, but highlighting the cardiovascular evaluation and thought process in downed athletes.
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Current Paramedic class enrollees at New River Community and Technical College

The Kyle Group, PLLC helps launch the Medical Time Out Program at Allen Independent School District…Allen, TX  August 9, 2017
The Allen Independent School District launched their first Medical Time out before their home opener against Cedar Hill.  Mary Miller, Athletic Trainer for Allen ISD reports the MTO was a great success attended by 5 Athletic Trainers, 4 EMTs, Team Physician, School Nurse, School Resource Officer, and Physical Therapist.  The Kyle Group would like to thank Allen ISD and all involved parties for their commitment to safe sports play.
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The best of the best making sure they are prepared and on their A-game for the high school athletes they are responsible for during the game

The Kyle Group, PLLC bringing concussion awareness and testing to Woodrow Wilson High School…Beckley, WV  August 9, 2017

The Raleigh County Board of Education approved a baseline neurocognitive testing pilot program between The Kyle Group, PLLC and Woodrow Wilson High School on Tuesday.  Baseline neurocognitive testing will bring increased safety for return to play decisions following head injuries for Woodrow Wilson athletes, and Beckley has noticed (see Registered Herald article links below).  This is not the first time The Kyle Group has worked to help increase safe play for high school athletes, The “Friday Night Medical Time Out” program has been utilized as an EMS protocol at Woodrow Wilson for many years.
Coming soon, Athletic and Recreational Medicine Clinic…Beckley, WV  July 27, 2017
The Kyle Group is excited to announce that we will soon be seeing patients in our new Beckley office.  The Kyle Group will be concentrating on comprehensive concussion care, but will be available to be the “quarterback” for all of your sports medicine needs.
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The Kyle Group President, Barbara Kyle and Chief of Operations, Tracy McCallister Gill with Dr. Mike Kominsky in the soon to be Athletic and Recreational Medicine office

Medical Time Out presented at LSU and UGA Emergencies in Athletics conferences…Baton Rouge, LA and Athens, GA July 8 and 10, 2017
Dr. James Kyle presented the Medical Time Out at 2 different full capacity emergency in athletics conferences.  The first stop was on the campus at Louisiana State University where Dr. Kyle presented the MTO and assisted with learning labs regarding emergency airways and oxygen administration alongside Chief of Operations, Tracy McCallister-Gill and UGA sideline paramedic, Glenn Henry.  Just days later the MTO was introduced at the University of Georgia conference.  The day in Athens ended with rotating learning labs in which Dr. Kyle instructed participants on the use of Automated External Defibrillation in sudden cardiac arrests with the assistance of President, Barbara Kyle.  Ms. McCallister-Gill assisted long-time Head Athletic Trainer, Ron Courson with the learning station on the multi-person lift for spine boarding.
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Dr. Kyle going through “downed athlete” scenarios with conference participants

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Ron Courson and Tracy McCallister Gill evaluating course participants on multi-person lift spine boarding technique

The Kyle Group welcomes Tracy McCallister-Gill…White Sulphur Springs, WV July 1, 2017
The Kyle group is excited to announce that Tracy McCallister-Gill has joined the Kyle Group full time.  Tracy will begin her duties as the Chief of Operations this month after serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Concord University for 10 years.  Concord University was the birthplace for The Kyle Group’s event preparedness initiative, The Medical Time Out Concept.  Tracy will be helping to establish the new branch of The Kyle Group, The Southern WV Concussion Clinic to help promote concussion education, baseline neurocognitive testing, and specialized concussion care for athletes of southern West Virginia.
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Dr. Kyle and Tracy McCallister Gill after the 1st MTO at Concord University

The Kyle Group presents at the 2017 Andrew’s Institute Injuries in Football Conference…Pensacola Beach, FL April 28, 2017
Dr. James Kyle, Executive Director for The Kyle Group, was a featured presenter at the recent Andrew’s Institute Injuries in Football annual conference as part of a session focusing on Catastrophic Injuries.  Dr. Kyle joined Senior Associate Athletic Director and long time Athletic Trainer for University of Georgia, Ron Courson, for this interactive session.  Dr. Kyle also led a learning lab on Emergency Evaluation.
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Dr. Kyle leading learning lab during Catastrophic Injuries Session

The Kyle Group at The Spring League… Lewisburg, WV April 2017

The Spring League was created in early 2016 to serve as an instructional league and developmental platform for professional football talent.  In April 2017 The Spring League visited The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center where Dr. James Kyle, The Kyle Group Executive Director served as the medical director.

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The Kyle Group at The Spring League

Dr. Kyle also served as a Clinical Preceptor for Concord University Athletic Training Students completing Game Day experiences with the Spring League.
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Concord University Athletic Training Students at The Spring League

The Sport Digest September 3, 2013

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The Kyle Group and Princeton Rescue Squad all smiles during the Medical Time Out before a Concord University football game

The United States Sports Academy and The Sport Digest discuss the need and importance of the Medical Time Out.  To read the article click the link below.


Medical Time Out introduced in the Journal of Emergency Medicine-JEMS: August 28, 2013


Medical Time Out being completed at WWHS

The Medical Time Out continues to gain ground as it is featured in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.  To read the article click the link below.


Medical Time Out featured on WVVA Television August 26, 2013

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Hand signal for backboard determined during MTO before the beginning of game

WVVA Television August 26, 2013Medical Time Out working to become a safety standard for Southern West Virginia sporting events.  To visit the story, click the link below.

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