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02-24-2012, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by f2d View Post
The other thing that should influence the decision is whether the injury requires IMMEDIATE attention or not. Eg, someone bleeding out on the ice or a player knocked unconscious requires immediate attention. If a player tore his ACL and play is moving away from him (so that he's not at risk of someone or something colliding with him to make matters worse), that does not require immediate attention. If his ACL's torn what's done is done, and whether he gets treatment now or 2 minutes from now will have zero impact on him.

And to make things clear, when I say immediate I mean that every second matters and could make an impact on the player's well being. A possible ligament tear / broken bone needs prompt treatment, but laying on the ice for an extra minute or two will not impact his recovery. In fact, in a lot of these cases they will not even move the player for some time until they have a good idea of what they're dealing with.
True, but you have to examine the player to actually see what's wrong with him. lol

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