Football Injury Simulator
Just like a winning football team practices until it gets it right, the medical professionals who treat athletes have to do the same thing. USF has a high-tech tool that helps in their medical training efforts—iStan, a life-like simulator that mimics anything from heat exhaustion to cardiac arrest. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to a recent practice session where trainers, physicians and first responders had to work together quickly to save iStan’s life.
Football season is just around the corner, and everyone is getting ready! That includes not just the players, but the people who will have to treat them when they get hurt. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 shows you how USF is using a high-tech simulator to prepare these medical professionals for the more serious injuries they might face on the field.
Dr. Micki Cuppett, Director of the USF Athletic Training Education Program, talks about what the medical professionals faced during their training, which could change in just a moment because of iStan’s technology. She also speaks about what this kind of high-tech training means for USF, USF Health and the Sports Medicine Department.
Dr. Chuck Nofsinger, Assistant Professor in USF’s Department of USF Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, as well as a physician for the USF Bulls football team, says the training brings together the team of medical professionals: athletic trainers, team doctors and emergency responders; all to make sure they’re ready for game time as well.
Dr. Micki Cuppett
Associate Professor, USF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Director, USF Athletic Training Education Program
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.