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GPS-like technology helps pinpoint best methods for moving injured players
Date:9/17/2007

jury to the area, we know that is not possible, Rechtine said. Now, we have scientific evidence to guide us in knowing which method is the best when working with these injured players.

The most common methods for moving players off the field currently are:

  • Log Roll: Where a player is gently rolled onto his/her side and the board is placed under the body.

  • Lift and Slide: Where one person holds the players head, and three people straddle the body, and together they all lift the player while a fifth person slides a board under the player.

  • Modified Lift and Slide: Similar to the Lift and Slide, but uses extra people to lift the player, and holds the head a specific way.

Rechtines research shows that the last method, the Modified Lift and Slide, produces the least movement to an injured cervical spine.

He added that having a trained team ready to go is one of the most important weapons in minimizing movement. Regardless of the technique chosen, the key to a successful patient transfer hinges on having a specialized, trained and practiced team ready for such conditions, he said.

In addition to his work with athletes, Rechtines research also has focused on how to minimize movement of an injured spinal cord once a patient is in a hospital setting.


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Contact: Germaine Reinhardt
germaine_reinhardt@urmc.rochester.edu
585-275-6517
University of Rochester Medical Center
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