Kyle Group 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kyle Group, PLLC bringing concussion awareness and testing to Woodrow Wilson High School…Beckley, WV August 9, 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.
The Sport Digest September 3, 2013
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
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
Medical Time Out working to become a safety standard for Southern West Virginia sporting events. To visit the story, click the link below.