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first_imgRemember reading yesterday’s Huddle Up about the Emergency Action Plans that all schools should have to ensure the safety of their athletes?  Here is a true story that could have had a disastrous ending because there was no such plan.My wife and I recently had lunch with a friend who lives part-time in Wyoming.  Vicki has 3 grandchildren who are all excellent athletes, and she is often responsible for taking them to their contests.  She was telling us about having driven a couple hours to watch the grandson play football while the boys’ parents were accompanying his sisters to their athletic contest.  In Wyoming and many places out West, you have to do a lot of traveling to find competition.During the football game, Vicki’s 13-year old grandson was hit hard and ended up lying still on the ground.  Vicki said the coaching staff seemed more interested in getting him off the field so they could continue the game instead of taking care of him.  Not being bashful, Vicki stomped out on the field and asked if they didn’t have a stretcher that they could put him on.  (They thought a couple people could just carry the boy to her car!)  Someone did come up with a stretcher, but there was NO ambulance and the closest hospital miles away.  Vicki ended up having them place the young man in her back seat and she drove the couple hours back to their hometown where there was a hospital.  He had contusions and a head concussion!  Fortunately, he has recovered.Batesville is very fortunate because the hospital is visible from the school, doctors volunteer to be in attendance, and we have a trainer thanks to coopertion from MMH.last_img read more