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High school coaches focusing on strategies to respond to trauma

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The bright lights will soon shine on Friday nights with high school football back on the gridiron.

But as teams strap up their helmets and dig into the trenches injury concerns are real.

"We've got great resources, but there's always something, right?" said Jason Watkins.

Watkins is the Dow head coach, and said preparation for the worst case scenario is paramount.

And tonight, the Midland Dow varsity football coach set his clip board aside for some training of his own.

"Just have some clue of where to start, how to start, or quite frankly, I've heard a couple of things not to do that I think are probably helpful for us also," Watkins said.      

Tonight, MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland invited coaches like Watkins, athletic trainers, and community members to its free workshop.

Whether it be CPR training or neck stabilization, doctors here want more people prepared if they're first to respond to an emergency situation on the field.

"I think people are starting to take it a lot more seriously and starting to understand the long-term consequences of not responding appropriately," said Dr. J.T. Pinney.

Pinney is the director of MidMichigan Health's WellSport program. He said more people, with more tools, can only help.

"Really the key to the best outcome for these athletes," Pinney said.

Tonight Meghan Nash and Makayla Sasse, both seniors at Bullock Creek High School, said this training could be invaluable.

"That would be a great thing to have in your toolbox for anyone, to help somebody that needs it when there are no paramedics around or anything yet," Sasse said.

Nash said, "It's very helpful to anyone in everyday life too."

Watkins said his focus is safety.

"Safety is the number one thing with those kids, be it the equipment, be it how we're training them, or how we're responding to them in an injury situation, so the more we know the better," Watkins said.

The sooner you start quality CPR and the faster you get an AED device on that patient, the better chances the outcome.

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