ATSNJ Peer Support


Who Rescues the Rescuer?

The Peer Support Group is here to provide Emotional First Aid to Athletic Trainers that have experienced a traumatic event.  We can help you process the difficult emotions that may arise after these incidents and help you return to a balanced state of mind.

 

 

Have you noticed these signs/symptoms in yourself or a colleague?

Guilt                                
Agitation                                    
Depression
Anxiety
irritability
Antisocial Acts
Inability to Rest
Pacing
Change in SocialActivity
Nightmares
Intrusive Images/Flashbacks      
Denial 
Poor Concentration  
Feeling Overwhelmed
Increased Alcohol Consumption
Thoughts of Suicide
Emotional Shock
Apprehension
Lack of Emotional Control
Panic
Blaming Someone Else
Hyper-vigilance/watchful

 

 

What to do?

If you or someone you know responds to an emergency or experiences a traumatic event, please contact us.  Critical Incidents can cause stress that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  While it is normal to have an emotional reaction, most of us will need assistance processing these new emotions.  Our team has been trained to help you deal with these challenging situations.

You hear it all over the news, all across the nation, and right here in our own state.  Traumatic injury or death of an athlete during competition or traumatic injury or death of a student or faculty member off the field.  We have been directly affected or know an athletic trainer who has.  These events are more common than some realize.  They leave a lasting impression on our lives, however sometimes they may begin to affect our daily lives in a negative way.  These events are known as critical incidents and they cause stress that our mind may not be prepared to handle.

A critical incident is different for everyone and they affect people in distinctive ways.  Some of us may have more difficulty processing the event.  If our emotions are left alone, they can lead us to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can be a debilitating psychological disorder.

 

 

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a chronic condition that occurs when there is a maladaptive response to stress.  After a traumatic event, there is a normal stress response that can cause impairment in functioning called Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).  If these symptoms are not dealt with and continue to persist, PTSD may arise.  PTSD can result in significant disruption of daily life, in your professional and personal interactions.  (Macy & Soloman, 2009)

 

 

 

 

Resources

Peer Support Committee
        Please use the contact info below to contact these trained individuals.

Dave middlemasd@mail.montclair.edu
Sandy slynch@eveshamfire.org
Betsy betsy2517@hotmail.com
Christina emrichatc@comcast.net

 

 

Mental Health Counselor
       There may be someone available through your workplace or your insurance may cover you going to a private office. 

Religious Guidance/Support
       You may find it helpful to speak with your pastor or other clergy members.

Colleagues
       Other Athletic Trainers may be able to assist you in dealing with your emotions.  You may find that they are able to understand you better.  If you know someone that has experienced a traumatic event in the past, seeking them out to talk may make you feel more comfortable. 

Family/Friends
        Discussing the event with family and friends may facilitate your healing. 

 

 

Committee Members and Contact Info

peersupport@atsnj.org          
856-31talk2 (856-318-2552)

Dave Middlemas
Sandy Lynch
Betsy Kennedy
Christina Emrich
Meghan Cavallo
Rachel Yanosh

Please contact one of us if you are interested in joining our committee.

 

 

Important Links

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
       Emergency Hotline:  410-313-2473

NATA Think Tank - Catastrophic Injuries: Support for the Athletic Trainer

PTSD Information