The Emergency Medical Responder Special Interest Group (ER SIG) consists of Sports Section members who are invested in training Physical Therapists interested in acute sports medicine coverage. Historically, the Emergency Medical Responder Course (EMRC), run through the Sports Section, has been developed from the American Red Cross EMR. The EMR is a course that requires 48-53 hours of lecture/lab, including management of traumatic injuries, identification and management of general medical conditions, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. The certification for both the EMR and the CPR for the Professional Rescuer are valid for two years. Due to the nature of educational background in physical therapy curricula, the EMR, run through the Sports Section, has additional emphasis on acute care management from what the American Red Cross includes in their course. At the current time, successful completion of the EMR is a prerequisite to eligibility to sit for the ABPTS Sports Physical Therapy Specialist Certification (SCS) examination. Many Sports Physical Therapy Residency Programs use the EMR as a content source for the didatic portion of their acute care management curriculum.

Emergency Response SIG Goals:

The goal of the Emergency Response SIG is to provide a source for educational information and education in the pre-hospital care of the injured athlete.

The mission statement of the Emergency Response SIG is to provide quality educational programming for the physical therapist in the area of pre-hospital care of the injured athlete through regional educational courses.

Emergency Response SIG Chair:

Laura A. Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

EMR Courses


Winter 2015 Newsletter