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JALC Coaches Get Updated Training on Responding to Athletic Injuries

Sarah Brumley, an athletic trainer with Sportsology in Carbondale, assesses a mock injury and stabilizes the head and neck of JALC baseball player, Ryan Dunne, Thursday morning as part of a training exercise involving JALC coaches. Pictured with Sarah are Sportsology trainer, Mike Stroud (far right), and Carterville Emergency Services Technician, Dennis Brown. (Logan Media Services photo)

Sarah Brumley, an athletic trainer with Sportsology in Carbondale, assesses a mock injury and stabilizes the head and neck of JALC baseball player, Ryan Dunne, Thursday morning as part of a training exercise involving JALC coaches. Pictured with Sarah are Sportsology trainer, Mike Stroud (far right), and Carterville Emergency Services Technician, Dennis Brown. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The injuries were fake, but the response was rapid and real Thursday at the John A. Logan College baseball facility.
Athletic trainers from Sportsology of Carbondale, along with two Carterville Fire Department emergency technicians, spent nearly an hour breaking down the proper response to an injured athlete in the event coaches find themselves in a position with no trained medical professional on site.

Event coordinator Sarah Brumley with Sportsology said the training exercise turned out well.

“We just wanted to educate some of the coaches so that they will be prepared to give the athlete everything that he or she needs in a timely manner if we’re not covering the event,” she said.

Brumley said it’s important to ask the athlete what the problem may be when making an injury assessment.

“It’s important for coaches to know what the signs and symptoms with the injury are, and of course, to stay with the athlete and speak encouragingly so that the athlete stays calm until help arrives.”

In case of a cervical injury, it’s important to know how to administer aid.

Here, JALC men’s basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters assists Carterville Emergency Services Technician Dennis Brown as they respond to a mock injury to Vols’ baseball player, Zach Ditto. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

Here, JALC men’s basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters assists Carterville Emergency Services Technician Dennis Brown as they respond to a mock injury to Vols’ baseball player, Zach Ditto. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

“It’s all about stabilizing the spine,” she said.

JALC Athletic Director and head baseball coach Jerry Halstead said he and his coaching staff learned valuable lessons from the exercise.

“This training is invaluable. We can’t thank Sportsology enough for what they do here at our games and for seeing our athletes twice a week. It’s a tremendous services to us,” he said. “It’s always nice to know we have somebody covering the coach’s backs.”

In today’s world, Halstead said, coaches are under a microscope with everything they do and emergency response heads the list.

“That’s why we want to make sure we’re properly trained. We can’t provide the kind of care that a doctor could, but I’d like to think that we can provide enough care to buy the athlete time until first responders arrive.”

Halstead said the security staff is also well trained at JALC.

“They are basically our first responders if for some reason the trainers aren’t here,” he said.