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Saves that matter: High school players learn emergency skills
Manchester Central High School student athletes Aidan Ryan, right, and Liam O'Connell, practice CPR during an Athletes Saving Athletes presentation Thursday morning at Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
Athletes from Central High School learned Thursday how just a little basic knowledge and preparation can prevent a tragedy.
Mallon said the idea behind ASA is that athletes can be tremendous first responders while waiting for an athletic trainer or EMT to reach the scene.
She said her son, Tommy, fractured his neck during a high school lacrosse game in 2009. A teammate saved her son's life by not pulling him to his feet after a collision with another player, she said.
Tommy Mallon, who went through a long rehabilitation and can walk, recently graduated from the University of San Diego and joined his mother as a co-founder of ASA.
Colleen O'Hara, a junior who plays catcher on the Central softball team, recalled being overcome by heat when her bulky protective equipment absorbed the heat of the sun's rays during a practice. Fortunately, Central trainer Dave Moreton was there and led O'Hara into the shade and cooled her down with some wet cloths.
"I didn't know that as athletes we could do something if there was a serious injury," O'Hara said.
She chose Manchester after striking up a friendship at a convention with Laura Decoster, executive director of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute/Safe Sports Networks.
Decoster said through ASA, players can know what to look for and be prepared to handle a number of scenarios.
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