My name is Ciarán O'Shaughnessy, I am a physiotherapist working in Cork University Hospital (CUH). In November 2014, I did the SPoRTS Immediate Care Course run by Brian Carlin.
On Tuesday 31st April 2015, I was covering an Under 21 championship gaelic football match (Nemo vs Bishopstown) in Cork city. After the match, an 18 year old player who had been playing collapsed in the dressing room, and was unresponsive. I had to commence CPR and once the defibrillator arrived, I had to administer two shocks. I had to continue the CPR for 10 minutes before I got a pulse and he began to breath again. It was a further 20-25 minutes after this before the ambulance arrived. The player underwent tests in CUH, which uncovered a rare anatomical anomaly in his heart which required him to have to undergo heart surgery. Thankfully, he has since made a full recovery.
I can safely say that, without the knowledge and practical skills that I gained from the SPoRTS Immediate Care Course, the outcome may not have been so favourable. All the practical scenarios that you practice (and sometimes feel silly doing at the time!) were invaluable, as this approach meant that I went into almost complete autopilot such that my responses to the life-and-death situation were instinctive so that I was able to do what I needed to do without wasting time having to think about it. This is exactly what you need in a scary situation like that when you have a dead, blue 18 year old lying in front of you. For any medical professional who is involved with a sports team, I can not recommend this course highly enough and the importance of being trained to deal with serious situations like the one I encountered. I would just like to say a huge "thank you" to Brian Carlin and all the mentors involved in the course. It is thanks to all of you that I had both the honour and surreal experience of someone saying to me "I owe you my life"!
I recently completed a BLS and SPoRTS Immediate Care Course with Immediate Care Training through RCSI and could not recommend them highly enough! The instructors were obviously very experienced and knowledgeable in their field and were excellent at passing that information on to the participants on the course. The practical elements of the course really helped to reinforce the skills we were being taught and as a result I now feel more confident and competent in providing immediate care, either as part of a team or on my own. Best wishes for the future, Breeda Gorman MISCP.
As a physiotherapist, I couldn't recommend this course enough to anybody who is interested in working with any sporting events. I felt it really covered all bases. The practical elements were excellent for preparing us for the real life scenarios of working with sports trauma. The faculty that facilitated the course were the best in their respective fields and taught us so much. They were so approachable and knowledgeable. I felt they were a real strength of the course and it was great to work with the sports physicians. After this course, I can honestly say I feel confident and competent in the part I can play in the provision of immediate care and in the management of sports trauma.
Ms Nina Holden
What made the course excellent for me was the large amount of time spent actively involved in the hands-on management of practical drills. This practice, combined with the knowledge base provided by tutorials, resulted in me feeling both confident and competent by the end of the course. Another strength of the course was the large number of mentors, each with vast experience in the area and all very enthusiastic and approachable. This gave the course a very interactive feel. Overall it was very beneficial for me and was both educational and enjoyable. I would recommend it to any junior doctor with an interest in sports medicine.
Dr Nathan Wall
This course is brilliantly put together to allow the team or sports event doctor / physiotherapists up skill or maintain their knowledge while practising their skills in a host of different emergency scenarios. The design of the course by the course director and the quality of tutors is exemplary with knowledgeable and experienced candidates creating a fantastic learning environment where you will also learn from each other.
Dr Joe Conway