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August 30, 2017

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With sports come injuries, and athletic trainers stand ready on the sidelines to attend to sports injuries. Students in the Youngstown State University master's of athletic training program learned last weekend what happens when a serious injury brings in the emergency rescue teams.

"One goal of athletic training is to work together with emergency medical providers," said YSU program director Jessica Wallace. "With fall sports underway, we are training our kids to learn from other health care professionals."

Wallace said is wasn't hard to set up something since Cardinal Joint Fire District Station Capt. Connor O'Halloran also teaches EMS / paramedic classes at YSU. He collaborated with Wallace and came up with a training session at the CJFD's new station off Herbert Road.

They spent most of Friday morning going over some of the basic things emergency responders do when arriving on the scene of a serious sports injury. They also got to see special equipment, such as the full-body vacuum bag and how it functions.

On the YSU side, the athletic trainers demonstrated the eight-man lift for placing a backboard under an injured player with minimal movement of the victim.

Following the classroom training, both the trainers and the firefighters went outside behind the new fire station for a mock scenario. The scene included a serious football injury and a soccer injury.

Each scenario included calling in a medical helicopter. Metro Life Flight and Stat MedEvac each sent one for the practice session.

"It was good we were meeting now, under a controlled setting," O'Halloran said.

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