Posted 10 August 2008 - 05:35 PM
I was a student athletic health trainer for the last three years in high school and three semesters in college. While in high school I had a medical director and pretty much EMT-B equipment, plus a bunch of other stuff specific to sports medicine. Other things I did have that were a big help in a crisis were treatment consent forms signed by the parents for EMS and ER personnel, contacts, and most importantly their entire medical history. I will admit that during practices I wasn't on the field (sitting in an office under the AC, and clueless as to what disasters were going on outside), but there's a lot of info there if you ask. Usually there were a couple of air headed chicks helping out with water bottles, equipment, and trying to get laid. Usually not the ones to talk to for any type of credible answers.
One thing that I'm thinking with this guy is that a lot of the time when someone gets a significant injury in sports they were either not in the "right spot" (play position) or paying attention to what they were doing (no defensive posture or standing there with a 1000 yd stare). This "lack of postural defense" that resulted in getting a big blow to a venerable area could be a sign that the victim had an altered mental status prior to the traumatic injury?
I can remember on away games scoping out and "sizing up" the local EMS squads. Yeah sometimes you got the lard-ass Cheeto munchers, but sometimes there were some hotties on those trucks. Luck of the draw.
While we're waiting on MacKinnon, is there anybody else out there who did this in high school? Cramer student trainer program? Student trainer camp at Ole' Miss?
Mike Williams CCEMT-P/FP-C