Sunday, October 12, 2014

Not Your Average Race

Racing down Demonbreun Street in Nashville on a tricycle or big wheel, and in a silly costume, may seem like a dangerous event and perhaps that's why the organizers of Race the Hill called on the Vol State EMS program to provide some medical first response. Vol State EMS provided first aid coverage for the inaugural Race the Hill event, which is a fundraiser for Renewal House of Nashville. Prior to the event, nine EMT students from the Nashville cohort received training on sports event medical support and athletic injury treatment protocols. Mandatory safety equipment requirements (i.e. leather gloves, safety helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads) resulted in zero injuries for the event. 

Brandie Park, EMS Clinical Coordinator, reported, “Although this race was designed for fun, many of the participants took painstaking measures to be highly competitive in the races.” 

In the end, the results exposed bruised egos and hurt feelings for those that left without a trophy. Event organizers promised a larger and more competitive race for 2015.

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