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Clint Haggard

MA, ATC, NREMT-B

Clint Haggard is in his 12th season at the University of South Carolina. He was named head football athletic trainer on July 22, 2009. Prior to his arrival in Columbia, South Carolina, Haggard served as the assistant athletics director for medical services/head athletic trainer at Rice University, a position he held from 2006 to 2009.

Haggard began his professional career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Alabama for two years before working as an assistant football athletic trainer for the Alabama Crimson Tide for two years. While at the University of Alabama, he developed and implemented the Alabama Sports Medicine Workshop that provided learning opportunities for high school athletic trainers across the Southeast.

In the fall of 2001, Haggard served as coordinator of medical services for the Georgia State Flag Football Championships, providing medical coverage for more than 700 athletes. He also served internships with the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Reds.

Haggard received his bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Georgia in 2002 and his master's degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama in 2003.

In addition to his duties with Carolina Football, Haggard serves as an adjunct instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program and serves on the program committee for the South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences around the country, has published many articles, and has successfully procured several athletic training-related grants. He also serves as coordinator of the SEC officials' physicals and is president of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee.

Haggard is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B). He holds memberships with numerous national, state, and district athletic training associations.

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Exertional Sickling in Athletes: Treatment and Prevention

Presented by Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC and Clint Haggard, MA, ATC, NREMT-B

Exertional Sickling in Athletes: Treatment and Prevention

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 24 Minutes

Sickle cell trait is a common hemoglobinopathy that can have mortality or morbidity consequences if not treated promptly and correctly. This course provides detailed information on the treatment of exertional sickling events across different clinical sites. Clinicians will become knowledgeable in how exertional sickling treatment can differ depending on when intervention occurs. Current consensus on return-to-activity guidelines after an exertional event are presented. Clinicians will be able to develop the foundation of a return-to-activity protocol for their institution to prepare for when exertional sickling episodes occur. Predisposing factors are divided into internal and external categories. Clinicians will be able to determine which predisposing factors are relevant at their clinical site and determine which prevention strategies need to be implemented. This course relates to athletic trainers who work in different clinical settings (e.g., all organized sports and military), sports board-certified physicians, strength and conditioning coaches, and sports board-certified physical therapists that work in any level of organized sport.

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Exertional Sickling in Athletes: Etiology and Recognition

Presented by Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC and Clint Haggard, MA, ATC, NREMT-B

Exertional Sickling in Athletes: Etiology and Recognition

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 21 Minutes

Sickle cell trait (SCT) is a genetic condition that affects athletes and other active populations when they engage in exercise. Specifically, it is a common hemoglobinopathy that can have significant mortality or morbidity consequences if the exertional sickling event is not recognized. Clinicians will feel confident in choosing the best screening method for their institution, become aware of the current screening mandates, and learn the foundation of policies to develop regarding SCT testing. Clinicians will also become knowledgeable in the variety of ways exertional sickling can present clinically and how to differentiate it from other conditions. This course relates to athletic trainers who work in different clinical settings (for example, all organized sports and military), board-certified sports physicians, strength and conditioning coaches, and board-certified sports physical therapists who work in any level of organized sport.

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