Evaluation and Emergency Care of Thoracoabdominal Injuries


Evaluation and Emergency Care of Thoracoabdominal Injuries


$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


Wednesday, February 26, 2014


11:00am – 12:15pm CST




David Stuckey, MS, ATC, LAT


David Stuckey is currently an associate professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, TX.  He was the head athletic trainer/director of AT services at Hardin-Simmons University for 20 years.  He has been certified as an EMT & EMT-Intermediate and has given several local, regional and national presentations concerning emergency care. Stuckey was named the CUATC NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2006, earned the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2012 was awarded NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2013.


The goal of the session is to improve the certified athletic trainers’ confidence in caring for thoracic and abdominal conditions by enhancing their diagnostic and treatment skills for these pathologies.  The presentation will include discussion of the differential diagnosis process utilizing history, vital signs and physical examination skills available to certified athletic trainers, emphasizing potentially life-threatening injuries.  Referral criteria and immediate care for thoracoabdominal injuries after reaching a correct diagnosis will also be discussed.

Clinical Objectives:

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

  • understand the importance of the appropriate assessment of thoracoabdominal injuries, including history, vital signs & physical examination techniques.
  • effectively create a differential diagnosis list for thoracoabdominal injuries, and be able to utilize results of the patient assessment to correctly diagnose injuries
  • understand appropriate immediate/emergency care for thoracoabdominal injuries and describe emergent referral and return-to-play criteria

Athletic Training Domain:

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care

Course Level:


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