In 2009, Tommy Mallon, suffered a life-threatening injury during a lacrosse game. He’s alive today because a teammate who was the first responder on the field did not move him after the injury and a certified athletic trainer was present to evaluate his condition. Tommy and his mother, Beth Mallon, launched A4IA in 2010 to help increase sports safety and reduce sports related injuries and medical conditions.
The ASA program was created in 2012 with the help of medical experts from across the country. The six core areas of focus are concussion, head and neck injuries, sudden cardiac arrest, heat illness, diabetes, and asthma. The program utilizes the power of “kids talking to kids” as a way to share stories from other student athletes who have survived catastrophic injuries. Trained student ASA Ambassadors can:
- Perform CPR
- Recognize signs and symptoms of concussion, head and neck injuries, heat illness, sudden cardiac arrest, diabetes, and asthma
- Perform as first responders in an emergency
- Share their knowledge and skill with fellow student athletes