Article reposted from My Wabash Valley.com
Author: Rebecca Brumfield
You may think athletic trainers are just at sporting events, but truth is, they are everywhere.
And Indiana State University is helping train their doctoral candidates Saturday with potential real-life simulations.
It may look like mass chaos, but doctoral and undergrad students are playing out a BMX crash scene.
The doctoral program helps these students use their skills and knowledge to help in life threatening events.
Some things can be taught in a classroom, but to experience it, makes a world of difference.
“Someone’s dying on the ground or someone’s frantic and you don’t know what to do in that situation,” says Kasey Ohlemeyer, an ISU undergrad. “So it allows the DAT students to really take out the normal setting and then actually bring it back and do more life-like scenarios.”
The emotional capacity of a real-life simulation cannot be taught in a classroom.
“When you have that emotional atmosphere, decision making can be a little different,” says Zach Dougal, a doctoral candidate. “And uh, that is really challenging us to harness that emotion and really draw those skills and what we know we’ve been taught and what we know we can do, drawing that out of us.”
Other simulations held today included a bus crash, and an active shooter scenario.