Good Luck to Our Customers Attending the London 2012 Olympic Games

2017-05-24T15:12:06-04:00July 23rd, 2012|All, Blog, General|

With the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games less than a week away, we’d like to extend a sincere GOOD LUCK to all of our customers who will be competing at the summer games. The English Institute of Sport works with over 90 percent of Olympic sports in the UK. Represented collectively as Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) during the Olympic Games, Great Britain has been present every year since the first modern Olympic Gamess in 1896 and has been using Presagia Sports since 2002 to manage athlete health. While they have never gone home empty handed, their most successful year awarded them with 136 medals, 55 of which were gold medals! Here’s hoping that stride continues. While Ireland’s first official Olympic debut was in 1924, Irish athletes have been competitors since 1896, making this their 20th summer Olympics appearance officially. Since 2009, the Irish Sports Council, responsible for the development of sport within the country, has trusted Presagia Sports to manage the health of their athletes. Ireland has some strong prospects for gold medal winners this year that we will be watching closely and eagerly! The Brazilian Boxing, Weightlifting, Fencing and Taekwondo Confederations are also heading to the Games for the first time since implementing Presagia Sports earlier this year. This will be an exciting year for them as the next time they compete at the summer Olympic Games, they will be competing as the hosts. The 2016 Olympics Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, marking the first ever South American hosted Olympics. Last but not least, to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a valued customer since 2006, we support you in your quest to maintain that athletes keep playing the game true! The Olympic Games will be taking place from July 27 to August 12. Follow us on twitter @presagia as we’ll be posting live updates as our customers show the world what they’re made of.   Don't want to miss a blog post? Drop us your email and we'll keep you up to date on all the latest Presagia Sports blog news:

Nick Pappas Inducted into NATA Hall of Fame

2017-05-24T15:12:18-04:00July 4th, 2012|All, Blog, General|

Congratulations Nick! Nick Pappas, the Coordinator for Insurance and Risk Management and an instructor in athletic training at Florida State University, has been inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is the highest award an athletic trainer can receive from the NATA and celebrates those who enhance the quality of care and move the profession forward. Since the Hall of Fame was established fifty years ago, less than 300 athletic trainers have achieved this honor; there are currently 35,000 athletic trainers who are part of the NATA. With thirty five years experience in the athletic training and sports medicine fields, it is Nick’s influential work that has distinguished him. Aside from assisting in the development of local, national and international athletic training programs, Nick has also been a Presagia Sports user since 2008. In fact, we wrote a case study with Nick about FSU’s implementation and use of Presagia Sports which can be found at You can read more about Nick’s story here.   Don't want to miss a blog post? Drop us your email and we'll keep you up to date on all the latest Presagia Sports blog news:

New Bill to Protect Student Athletes from Sudden Death

2017-05-24T15:12:48-04:00June 6th, 2012|All, Blog, General|

A new bill was signed in Pennsylvania last week to protect students against the leading cause of student athlete deaths in the U.S. Governor Tom Corbett, who signed House Bill 1610, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, did so in an attempt to safeguard student athletes with undetected heart conditions. The Act’s primary goal is to establish standards and guidelines in order to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while raising awareness and encouraging open dialogue. In the context of the Act, athletic activity refers to interscholastic athletics, contests, competitions, noncompetitive cheerleading, practices and scrimmages. The Act requires that: • Students who wish to participate in an athletic activity must sign a form indicating they have received and reviewed an information sheet outlining the symptoms and warning signs of SCA. The form must be signed annually and be co-signed by a parent. • If a student exhibits signs or symptoms of SCA while participating in an athletic activity, they will be removed by the coach immediately. • If a student athlete exhibits any SCA signs prior to an athletic activity, they will not be able to participate. • Once a student has been removed, they may not participate again until they have been evaluated and cleared by a licensed physician, certified nurse practitioner or cardiologist in writing. • Coaches must complete an annual SCA training course and may not coach until such a course is completed. • Minimum penalties shall be enforced for coaches who do not take part in the courses, ranging in severity from seasonal to permanent coaching suspension. SCA is a heart condition in which the muscle suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Unlike a heart attack where blood continues to flow through the heart but becomes partially blocked, SCA means that blood has completely stopped flowing to the heart and other organs. If it is not treated within minutes, the outcome is usually death. Symptoms include fainting, difficulty breathing, chest pains, dizziness and abnormal racing heart rate. The bill was signed just two weeks before an 18 year old football player collapsed and died during a pickup basketball game in San Marcos, California. While the autopsy report is still pending, it is believed to be the latest SCA tragedy. SCA claims approximately 7,000 young lives annually. So what does this mean for student athletes, coaches and athletic trainers? In reality, not much for those outside of Pennsylvania as this bill is the first of its kind. The passing of this Act does however show a collective effort in moving towards a more proactive approach to athlete health while highlighting the value and importance of doing so at an earlier and more vulnerable stage.   Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at

An Athletic Trainer’s Story

2017-05-24T15:12:54-04:00May 3rd, 2012|All, Blog, General|

When we decided to profile an athletic trainer, one particular person came to mind immediately. Having spent time discussing the world of athletic training with him, his fresh perspective on the profession and forward thinking always leaves us impressed. Meet Kevin Robell, an athletic trainer for the highly competitive Stanford University Athletics Department, whose story we’re pleased to share with our readers. Like many student athletes, Kevin was first introduced to the world of athletic training by sustaining an injury. After playing baseball for all his life, he suffered a multi-ligament knee injury his senior year of high school. A born athlete, he needed to find a way to restore function, so he took the initiative and set up times to meet with the school’s athletic trainer. Working together, he was able to reach his goal of being back on the field for the post season without any long term residual effects, which sparked his interest in the healing process. What was initially seen as an untimely injury would eventually set the stage for both his academic and professional career. “I always wanted to do something that helped people, whether it be as a doctor, a physical therapist, or an athletic trainer,” he says. “I wanted to help people reach their goals in the face of adversity. By being an athlete myself, athletic training seemed to be the perfect balance.” Today, Kevin is an Associate Athletic Trainer at Stanford University, working with the women’s soccer team in the fall and men’s volleyball team in the spring. With 35 varsity sports and over 800 student athletes, the athletic training rooms at Stanford are never without action. The 14 resident athletic trainers can see up to 450 students a day. In an unplanned turn of events, Kevin has also become the IT liaison for athletic training. While he never pursued IT academically or professionally, he has a keen sense of how to maximize technology and the creativity needed to put it in perspective. “I think the everyday occurrences that you take for granted with respect to computers and in terms of health information mobility definitely apply to athletic training,” says Kevin. “It was just a matter of putting two and two together and creating an opportunity for things to blossom.” In fact, the relationship between sports medicine and IT and how to harmonize them better has become one of his greatest strengths and interests. “We’re so specialized and skilled and there is so much just sitting there, waiting to be explored by us,” he explains. “There’s still a big gap between IT and sports medicine and merging the two is really exciting. It’s unchartered territory for athletic training and I think it’s primed for a big explosion, especially with chronic illness and injuries at all time highs, it sets the stage for the profession of athletic training to fit in perfectly.” So how did Kevin end up at one of the country’s most prominent athletic schools? After completing a bachelor degree in [...]

Good luck BHA!

2017-05-24T15:13:17-04:00April 10th, 2012|All, Blog, General|

There’s nothing we love more than seeing our customers reach new levels with the help of our software, which is why we are proud to announce that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has recently been shortlisted for the 2012 BMJ Group Improving Health Awards. Nominated for the Sport and Exercise Team of the Year, this award recognizes those who have actively worked towards promoting physical activity while improving the care of athletes and medical services to the sporting community. This category was launched for the first time this year in honor of the London 2012 Olympics. BHA’s nomination is directly related to the launch of Presagia Sports, which the BHA calls the Racecourse Injury Management Initiative (RIMANI). With RIMANI, the BHA now effectively captures, stores and manages important health data for all of their jockeys while providing an online collaborative space for their approximately 240 doctors working at more than 60 race courses. The BMJ Group has acknowledged the value in tracking any and all jockeys who are ill, injured or get injured on a race day in real-time and the ability to review such information on a daily basis. It took carefully thought out planning and a hardworking team to implement RIMANI, and we think the BMJ has chosen wisely. The award ceremony will take place May 23rd in London, England. We’ll be sure to keep you all posted when the results are announced but until then good luck BHA! Don't want to miss a blog post? To subscribe to our blog, please email us at

Athlete EHRs: An Athletic Trainers’ Most Competitive Edge?

2017-05-24T15:13:47-04:00March 15th, 2012|All, Blog, General|

National Athletic Trainers' Month If you ask most people what being an athletic trainer means, images of someone rushing to the side of an injured athlete during a major sporting event is a likely response. While it is true they are often one of the first people on scene, being an athletic trainer means much more than watching from the sideline. Athletic trainers are highly skilled health care professionals, often equipped with a master’s degree. With an acute knowledge of the specific medical issues affecting athletes, they use this to optimize the physical state of athletes. They can be found working in a wide range of settings, including high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports teams, and national and international sporting federations. Athletic trainers are usually responsible for an entire team, and often many teams, meaning they can be treating hundreds of athletes on a regular basis. As a result, athletic trainers handle an extensive amount of imperative health information. Athletic trainers focus primarily on injury prevention as well as diagnosis and chronic medical conditions. When dealing within any of these areas, it is essential they have access to an athlete's complete medical information. For this reason alone, an Athlete Electronic Health Record (EHR) can be the single most valuable tool an athletic trainer uses. Athlete EHRs allow users to capture, manage and share health data for athletes in a centralized database. In first-rate, user-friendly systems, the most crucial information is instantly displayed, including allergies, disabilities, injury status and emergency contact information. Athlete EHRs also offer the ability to track injuries on a per athlete basis in detail, recording when and where the injury occurred, equipment involved, diagnosis and an expected return to competition date. Some also allow athletic trainers to follow an injury paradigm, where surgeries, treatments, medical tests and other medical interventions can be linked to the causal injury. Knowing that athletic trainers are often treating multiple athletes at the same time, many systems have been designed to support rapid and multiple treatment record keeping. An athletic trainer for a football team, for example, can treat the quarterback, two wide receivers and a linebacker in the training room all at once. This efficiency not only saves time when capturing information, it allows for more time to be spent treating the athletes. Many systems also allow an athlete’s profile to include multiple sports, especially useful in academic settings where athletes may play a different sport each season. Finding a web-based Athlete EHR gives athletic trainers access to the system anytime, anywhere, enabling a mobility that most find invaluable. This means when an athletic trainer is with athletes on the road, they have access to the same information they have available to them in the clinic, facilitating better treatment decisions. As today's athletes continue to compete on a more global playing field, so are athletic trainers. Those using an Athlete EHR not only ensure the best treatment for their athletes, the entire team is better positioned for success. There [...]