Student Athletic Trainers Prepare with Unique Simulations


When we think of trainers helping injured athletes, we usually think football, hockey, or some other high contact sport.

Happening now…Emily Medalen is live to tell us about one surprising area of athletics that is, according to trainers, one of the most dangerous.

I attended a simulation that showed me just how critical it is to know how to operate in a foam pit used by gymnasts.

This may sound a little bit strange…
One certified trainer told me it’s more difficult than trying to run through chest deep water.

A simulation was held for U Mary athletic training students, along with Sanford health and EMT first responders.
The idea was to teach the proper method to handle an unresponsive injured athlete in a foam pit.
This might sound a little specific, but they told me it happens much more often than we think.
Ray Hall is with U Mary athletic training, and says hands on learning for situations like this one is critical.

“They get a true understanding of what it’s like in the real world, and that’s the toughest thing to simulate in the classroom, is real world experience. Then they can trial and error here a little bit, so hopefully in the real world situation, they don’t have any hiccups,” said Ray Hall, Athletic Training, UMary.

I got in the pit to do some shooting, and that alone really showed me why they train for situations like this – it’s nearly impossible to walk through.

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