EMS Transport Tips: Do Not Drop The Olympic Athlete

August 7, 2016

I thought the initial lack of at least splinting-in-place straight off was bad enough for poor French gymnast Samir Ait Said, who suffered an open tib/fib fracture while performing his second vault yesterday

But the medical staff did get around to it eventually, after removing him from the floor. 

Frankly, if I’ve learned anything working this year as an EMT in special events, it’s that personnel on scene make patient care decisions based on what they encounter on arrival. Judging those decisions from across the stadium, let alone across the world, is dicey. Every venue has their own protocols about how to handle patients based on event efficacy, liability, visibility, etc. 

Those concerns, whether providers like or not, are legitimate ones that have to be taken into consideration with event EMS. 

But then they DROPPED HIM. Said was halfway in the bus. Dude is 146 lbs. Unacceptable, no matter what.



Olympic Gymnastics: Reminding You Just How Pointless Your Yoga Routine Really Is

August 10, 2008

[Insert dreamy drawn-out sigh here.]

You know what?  I love the Olympics. Love it.  Goodwill, Pan-Am?  Meh.  They can’t produce moments like this.  Until U.S. gymnast Morgan Hamm pussied out of the Games (yeah, yeah, so mean, I know) the team’s second alternate, Sasha Artemev, had no idea that a day later he’d be stepping in as reliever for the Americans in the pommel horse event. Dude barely got to do a dry run. Watch him kick some everloving ass below anyway and don’t worry, praying for the survival of the gentleman’s balls is customary during this event. Polite, not pervy.

Wishing they were that awesome?  The lady fencers after the jump, whose sport has been reduced from its European Renaissance roots to some kind of hybrid American Gladiator laser tag jousting atop a lifesize ‘Simon’ game. Costume design courtesy of the film Outbreak.  Oy.

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