The Lancaster Firebirds have partnered with Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster to provide Certified Athletic Trainer (CAT) coverage for all Bantam and Midget home games during the 2017-18 season.
"The LYCAHL Board of Directors felt strongly that in keeping with its mission of providing a safe playing environment for our players, games involving body-checking (14U, 16U and 18U) should have properly trained personnel in attendance to provide immediate response to any injury situation", stated Vice President - Hockey, Andy Scott. He went on to explain, "In junior hockey (16-20 year-olds) it is a standard requirement for a CAT to be in attendance at games. It just makes good sense to have that same level of coverage at youth games where there is body-checking. In the event of a potentially serious injury, the response is immediate, rather than having to wait for EMS personnel to be dispatched. It also removes the need for coaches to make a call on potential concussions."
The Firebirds organization plans to make CAT coverage at all Bantam and Midget games a standard part of the club's operations in coming seasons.