Sports First Responder | Osteo-MedSport/Sports First Responder

By: Osteo-medsport  09-12-2011

On October 16, 2010, LeGrand, a Rutgers junior defensive tackle, collided violently with an Army kick returner. The hit left LeGrand paralyzed below his neck.

Lying on the field, with his spinal cord damaged and his C3 and C4 vertebrae broken, LeGrand started to drown. He struggled to breath. His mother, Karen, came down from the stands, dressed in her son’s scarlet number 52 jersey, and started to pray.

Coach Greg Schiano prayed, too. He asked God to please just let Eric be knocked unconscious. In this age of acute concern over brain trauma in football, it’s a horrifying sign when the head coach is praying that his player merely be knocked out. No such luck.

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Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty lays on the ice after taking a hit by Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara during second period NHL hockey action Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Read more:

“Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara have history, stemming from their postgame shoving match in January. With just under 16 seconds remaining in the second period on Tuesday night, their rivalry took a stunning and disturbing turn: Chara rode Pacioretty into the glass between the benches, leaving him motionless on the ice before he was taken off on a stretcher…”
By Greg Wyshynski Yahoo! Sports

The last Sports First Responder course of 2011 was a great success.

We had a strong and eclectic group of participants including athletic therapists, physiotherapists, a school nurse, and two paramedics.

Highlights included: New CPR standards, an in-depth review and discussion of the latest Traumatic Brain Injury guidelines, and helmet removal techniques were shared and practiced.

Instructors were John Boulay and Gary McHugh.