National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Updated Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation


National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Updated Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation




Thursday, August 22, 2013


11:30a.m. – 12:45p.m. (CST)


Free to members only


Katie Walsh Flanagan, EdD, ATC, LAT
Professor, Department of Health Education & Promotion
Director of Sports Medicine
East Carolina University, Greenville NC


Dr. Katie Walsh Flanagan joined the faculty of East Carolina University in 1995 as the Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.  She received her baccalaureate and masters degrees from Oregon State University and Illinois State University respectively.  She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.  In addition to being the head athletic trainer for the Chicago Power Men’s Professional soccer team, she worked with United States Olympic teams, and has been medical liaison for US Soccer teams traveling abroad.  Dr. Walsh Flanagan is active in state, regional and national committees of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and served on the Board of the CAATE commission for 9 years.  She has spoken at national and international conferences on the safety policies in sport, including lightning, emergency action plans and cheerleading safety.  In addition to authoring medical textbooks, she was named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2010 by the NATA; and has been named twice as the College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NCATA. She was inducted to the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in March of 2012.  Dr. Walsh Flanagan was promoted to full professor in August 2013.  She married Sean Flanagan in June, 2013


The purpose of this webinar is to make athletic trainers and others who are involved with health care of outdoor activity participants aware of the new NATA position statement on lightning safety.  The webinar will promote lightning-safety strategies, encourage an emergency action plan that is venue-specific and unique to lightning safety, identify safe locations from lightning, and outline large-venue planning safety considerations.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the recommendations for lightning safety
  • Distinguish the attributes of safe and unsafe locations from lightning hazards
  • Establish an emergency action plan (EAP) specific to lightning safety
  • Plan lightning safety measures for a large-venue event

Athletic Training Domain:

Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness
Immediate and Emergency Care

Course Level:

Essential Level

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