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Athletic trainers practice treating spinal injuries

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - High school football practice is in full swing, but players are not the only ones practicing for the new season.

Athletic trainers from Horry County high schools met Wednesday at Conway High School to review any new changes for the upcoming season and to practice treating head and spinal injuries.

"You never know when something is going to happen," said North Myrtle Beach Athletic Trainer Keeter Hayes. "We spend a lot of time standing around waiting for something to happen and when it does you have to be ready."

The trainers practiced bracing an injured player before moving him to a spine board. Loris High School Athletic Trainer Sarah Shaeffer said this type of practice is beneficial because you never know when the next injury will happen.

"Some of us may not have to use this and hopefully won't have to use this," added Shaeffer.  "It's good to go over our skills and practice it to make sure that we're all doing the correct procedures."

Since 2000, the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research reports more than 90 high school football players suffered a spinal cord injury.

"There's only a few things in athletics that are really catastrophic," said Hayes. "Spinal injury is one of those you have to be careful and make sure you don't make a mistake because it can be very costly to the kid."

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