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Johnson County paramedics go to new treatment for football injuries

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When a student is hurt in a football game, some paramedics in Kansas will deploy new techniques for treating the injuries.

Trainers will now cut off jerseys and remove helmets rather than having emergency room personnel do it at a hospital.

"We realize that the athletic trainers who are on site at those games are the experts in the equipment," said Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, medical director for Johnson County EMS.

Mid-America Nazarene University football personnel are doing more than just practicing blocking and passing this week. The trainers and players actually are practicing how Johnson County EMS personnel would treat injuries.

As part of Johnson County's efforts to eliminate spine boards, the boards will be used only initially. An injured player will be put on a spine board and stabilized with a C-brace. The injured player will then be transferred to a coat for the ride to the hospital.

"The research shows it's actually better not to transport on that spine board just because of some other issues that can happen," said Zach McGinty, director of sports medicine at the college.

Tanner Hamilton, a MNU football player, appreciated the drill.

"I was trying to think the whole time as I was being moved, 'would this hurt if I had an injury?'" he said. "I barely moved at all. They had my neck braced. I thought they did a really good job."

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