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First responders prepare for injuries on the football field

Local - 8/26/2013 5:16 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Days before the first game of high school football season, emergency responders are preparing their response to potential injuries on the field.

Employees and students of Jan-Care Ambulance and New River Community & Technical College began their training Monday for medical time-outs, which is time set aside before a football game to review protocal for injuries.

"What we have is organized chaos, but if you just plan your work and work your plan, everything just falls into place like you've been working together forever," Mike Harper told WOAY.

The time out requires the help of EMTs, athletic trainers, coaches, law enforcement and school officials. On Monday the group practiced treating players with back injuries and concussions and victims of cardiac arrests.

"Nothing is worse than seeing a child laying out there helpless and defenseless depending on us as well as the coaching staff and the staff of the school working together as a team to make sure their safety is the number one priority," Nikki Williams said.

Officials will Jan-Care believe the program is relatively new at the high school and junior high school levels, and they hope it catches on across the state.

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