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Sports Medicine Students Busy with Myriad of Activities

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February and March have been very busy for Sports Medicine students! On February 13, Paramedics Scott Rubo and Rob Blockinger instructed student in proper techniques of spine boarding an athlete with a suspected neck injury. Each student participated in different positions, including being the injured athlete. Students learned that teamwork and communication in critical situations are of the utmost importance, and can mean the difference in a patient’s outcome.

On March 13, Stacy Veldhuizen, CTRS from Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association visited our classroom and presented ideas and activities that can be used for people of all abilities. She discussed the field of therapeutic recreation, and the students participated in various team building activities. It was interesting to hear about a therapeutic career outside of the medical field.

The next day, many Sports Medicine students traveled to Rockford’s BMO Harris Center and met with DJ Jones, MS, ATC, Athletic Trainer of the Rockford Ice Hogs. After a “behind the scenes” tour with DJ, students sat down for a Q & A session with him. He relayed how he had come to work in Rockford, and talked about being assertive in pursuing internships and job shadowing. The students were able to stay to watch the Ice Hogs game later that night.

Sports Medicine’s 5k is quickly approaching, and students have been busy in finalizing plans. The Fast & The Furriest 5k will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 8am. Registration can be found at www.signmeup.com/118495 or at www.ivvc.net

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