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More Than 200 Injuries For Rodeo Competitors So Far

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We're halfway through the Reno Rodeo and the athletic trainers at the Livestock Events Center have been busy.

They've treated more than 200 injuries so far. Concussions, ankle sprains, sore shoulders along with the scrapes and bruises.

"When you're up against farm animals, it's not a matter of are you going to get hurt, it's a matter of how bad and when," says Chris Swanner, an athletic trainer at the Reno Rodeo.

A half dozen trainers are on hand during every event to check on the competitors.

"Just like you would find in a training room at a college or a pro sport, we do a lot of pre-event treatments," says Swanner. "So guys come in off the road, we'll treat any injuries they have."

Trainers have even teamed up with the University of Nevada for the ten-day event. Ryan Zerr is a fellow in the medical program, and this week he's getting some hands-on training.

"We take care of the cowboys and cowgirls as they come out," says Zerr. "All kinds of hands-on experience."

Trainers take care of the competitors, alright. Because without medical attention, the cowboys and cowgirls would be forced to spend a lot more time on the couch.

"When these guys are around it dang sure makes it nice," says Jesse Kruse, a competitor in the rodeo. "I'd actually come to these guys before I'd go to a hospital."

What makes the Reno Rodeo different from organized sports like the NFL, is that trainers can't force the competitors to sit out if they have a serious injury like a concussion.

The most they can do is strongly advise them to stay off the bull or horse.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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