Many local high school coaches will be able to receive free CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training later this week from Wake Forest Baptist Health’s team of certified high school athletic trainers.
Approximately 250 high school coaches from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Lexington Senior High School will learn American Heart Association CPR skills and AED use and will become certified in these two lifesaving techniques.
“Emergencies and accidents can happen at any time, not just on the athletic fields, and being prepared and ready to act is the best way to keep our student athletes safe,” said Christopher Ina, M.A., ATC, Wake Forest Baptist’s manager of athletic training services. “All North Carolina high school coaches are required to be CPR and AED certified and we’re here to teach these men and women to quickly assess and evaluate emergency situations, and then respond appropriately.”
The certifications will be offered Wednesday, June 12 through Friday, June 14 at Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Sports Medicine-Stratford clinic and at Walkertown High School. Athletic directors for each school have coordinated with their school’s coaches on scheduling for their particular date and time. The certifications will be valid for two years.