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District II and New York State Athletic Trainers and AT Students Provide Vital Health Care at Boston Marathon
Date:5/30/2013

Poughkeepsie, NY (PRWEB) May 31, 2013

What started out as a day of anticipation and excitement in Boston last month, turned into a day of devastation for Marathon participants, spectators, and volunteers alike. Among those was a group of volunteers from the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) - Michael Powers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, EMT, Program Director, and a group of five undergraduate AT students. Powers, a Boston native, has taken a group of athletic training student (ATS) volunteers to the marathon annually since he came to Marist four years ago. “We were all very excited to be volunteering at such a large-scale event, something the whole city of Boston was involved in,” said Ian Shultis (Lagrange, NY), a junior in the Marist ATEP who was one of the volunteers that day.

The five Marist students were among about twenty ATSs assigned to the finish line area alongside certified athletic trainers, EMTs, physicians, nurses, and other various medical personnel to give post-race assistance to those with dehydration, heat illnesses, and other common ailments seen at the marathon.
Marist ATS Kristin Kerrigan (Levittown, NY) candidly noted, “This was a day I will never forget. Seeing the runners with tears in their eyes, kissing the ground as they passed the finish line was personally touching - I then truly understood all the hype; But when that bomb went off, the high spirits and positive energy quickly diminished, turning a glorious event into devastation.”    

Shultis continued, reiterating some of these sentiments, “As the day progressed, there was a jubilant and excited atmosphere on Boylston Street – everyone was happy… And then there was the first blast. At fi
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