Pickens Co. EMS receives sports injury training ahead of football season


PICKENS Co., SC (WSPA) – As a new school year kicks off as does a new high school football season.

So to better protect your child from injury on the field, paramedics in Pickens County are getting hands on training on how to handle each injury.  Most common injuries can be to the neck or spine, so the first responders have to know how to properly take off the equipment fast without causing further injury.

In this special class, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System brought in a sports medicine professional and athletic trainer to talk through the process. Face masks first then discuss what the injury may be before removing the full set of pads.

“EMS and athletic trainers need to know how to communicate so we can best treat those athletes so we need to know what each of our strengths and weaknesses are so that we can do all that,” said Kelli Belanger who is a Bon Secours Certified Athletic Trainer.

With three different shifts of paramedics with the county, there will be two more sessions over the next two days so all emergency responders are equipped with the training.

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