Spinal Motion Restriction and Special Considerations for Managing the Athlete: Collaboration of Care Among First Responders

West Des Moines, IA US
September 13, 2022


There is no cost to attend.

RSVP by calling 515-271-1725 or emailing lauren.mach@dmu.edu.


The MidAmerican Energy RecPlex is a state-of-the-art facility in West Des Moines. Athletes and healthcare providers from around the community will have a chance to utilize the space. In an emergency, our goal is to optimize outcomes and streamline care by solidifying an emergency action plan. The course will improve the knowledge and skill set of medical professionals, students, athletes, weekend warriors, parents, and active adults. In addition to reinforcing the importance of interprofessional collaboration amount first responders.

Physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, EMT’s, and paramedics will collaborate and discuss current literature and recommendations for spinal motion restriction, especially for emergencies on the ice. Further discussions will include equipment management, transportation of minors, pain management strategies, and primary and secondary assessments. 

Educational Need

Concussion education is still widely needed throughout the community. 3.8 million sports-related concussions are diagnosed annually in the United States; however, it is estimated that 50% of mild traumatic brain injuries are reported. (Broglio et al 2017; Iverson et al. 2017). Sport-related spine injuries can be devastating. Unfortunately, Spinal motion restriction is needed occasionally in athletics, especially in hockey and football. The goal will be to establish safe and efficient spinal motion restriction techniques while on land and the ice, with special considerations for equipment removal, minors, and injury prevention. There are numerous ways to perform spinal motion restriction, we will discuss which maneuvers are superior to others and the implications for each. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the current research and practices for selective spinal motion restriction.
  • Apply the most appropriate WDM EMS protocols (specifically: A2, F4, F6, G46, G43, and A5) to manage various simulated patients with sports-related injuries.
  • Coordinate a simulated patient's response, care, and safe extrication with a team of varying expertise and specialized equipment.
  • Discuss the procedures for obtaining consent to transport minor patients with parents on or off-site.


Hailey Ebacher, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University

Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University

Mark McCulloch, NREMT-P, CCP
Deputy Chief of EMS, City of West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/13/2022 - 7:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/13/2022 - 8:00am CDT
MidAmerican Energy RecPlex
6500 Grand Avenue
Suite 110
West Des Moines, IA 50266
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Hailey Ebacher, LAT, ATC - Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Lauren Mach, PT, DPT, CMPT, ATC - Activity Director and Speaker
  • Mark McCulloch, NREMT-P, CCP - Planning Committee Member and Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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