RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) We are just three weeks away from the Rapid City Rush opening their 2018-2019 ECHL campaign in West Valley City, Utah.
Players will begin arriving in Rapid soon and before the players even take the ice for camp the Rush staff and team physicians at the Rehab doctors will make sure the players are physically ready to go.
Dietrich says, ' Our athletic trainer Cody Lindhorst looks at intake forms. All the players fill out a background form with past injuries or areas of concern. '
Once players are in Rapid for camp they will undergo a series of medical exams before they lace up their skates.
Dietrich says, ' We baseline impact test, we have them see the dentist for a dental exam and get them fitted for a mouth guard. Then at physicals, they get an EKG or cardiac test, they get an eye exam, and a head to toe physical exam with the medical staff.'
When it comes to the health of the players, the medical staff for the team goes through their own training camp to prepare for every scenario.
Dietrich says, ' Kind of a preseason emergency preparedness plan discussion. This is how things work at the civic center. This is where the paramedics, EMT's and ambulance are. This is where the defibulator is, this is where all the medical equipment is at in the training room.'
When the season does start, the Rush and the league have a hard stance against one of the biggest current issues in sports.... concussions.
Dietrich, ' in the ECHL and the NHL the rule is you have to be removed from the arena come off into a quiet, dark, private location where you can have a fair assessment. A lot of times it's very difficult to do a fair assessment or screening in a loud arena with loud music, hits, people yelling, screaming and cheering and cowbells it just gets to be distracting. So it is nice to take them back to the trainers' room or office to do a full assessment.'
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