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Firebirds Partner with OAL to Provide Certified Athletic Trainer Coverage at Bantam and Midget Games

By Andy Scott, 10/19/17, 3:15PM EDT

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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.