By now, most sports fans have heard about the cardiac arrest sustained on the field by Christian Eriksen, the Danish soccer player at the UEFA soccer tournament. Exceptionally fast and superbly skilled action taken by the medical staff (and Denmark’s captain Simon Kjaer) looks to have saved Eriksen’s life.
That medical team knew exactly what to do because they trained for it, had a plan, and executed because they practice what to do.
Sports teams at every level of play should take some lessons from that type of serious incident.
Today I’d like to write briefly about an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The EAP is a written set of systems and processes that are followed if a serious health or environmental condition occurs. By having a plan and rehearsing it ahead of the season it gives an organization the best possible chance that appropriate steps are taken to address the situation. This is an area that is often neglected, even at the high school level where state laws might require that schools have and rehearse a plan. When something happens, you absolutely don’t want to be panicking thinking of “what do we do now” scenarios.