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The purpose of this study was to determine how head movement and time were affected by three emergency airway access techniques (Revolution IQ quick release face mask [IQ], cordless screwdriver [CSD], and pocket mask insertion [PMI]). Eighteen certified athletic trainers (ATCs) and 18 non-certified students (NCSs) performed one trial of each technique. Separate repeated measures ANOVAs were employed for each dependent variable. We observed significant differences (F2,68 = 263.88; p < 0.001) between all three techniques in respect to time with PMI being the quickest followed by IQ and CSD techniques. The PMI technique resulted in significantly less head movement (F2,68 = 9.06; p=0.001) and maximum head movement (F2,68 = 13.84; p<0.001) in the frontal plane compared to the IQ and CSD techniques. The PMI technique should be used to gain rapid airway access in a football athlete in respiratory arrest. The face mask of a football athlete that is not in respiratory distress can be carefully removed with a pocket mask ready to perform the PMI technique if necessary.