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Hamlin incident shows preparation is key for athletic trainers

Jason Linzmeier saw Monday Night Football just like you, but he experienced the events that caused its cancellation differently. Linzmeier has been a Door County Medical Center athletic trainer since 2013, primarily serving the student-athletes at Southern Door High School. Already a “jack-of-all-trades” in medical care as an athletic trainer, he has also tacked on CPR instructor and strength training coordinator duties along the way. He knew something was wrong with Bills defensive back Demar Hamlin when he staggered before falling backward. He says it was then when he played through their emergency alert strategy for Southern Door events in his head.

Linzmeier says they run through their strategy with school officials, coaches, and emergency personnel regularly, so they are prepared when a potential incident occurs. On Friday, ESPN reported that Hamlin was able to have his breathing tube removed and speak with teammates via Facetime for the first time since he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during Monday’s Bills/Bengals game. Dr. William Knight IV from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center says the quick medical response, including CPR, saved Hamlin’s life. 

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