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Buffalo Bill Rodeo medical care top notch

Sports medicine team to provide, staff mobile medical trailer at Buffalo Bill Rodeo

North Platte, Neb. – June 6, 2016 – The cowboys and cowgirls at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte are about to get some big help.

The Great Plains Health Sports Medicine Team will bring its new mobile medical trailer to each night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, June 15-18. The trailer is used by athletic trainers and doctors at a variety of sporting events, and for four days in June, it'll be alongside the Wild West Arena.

The trailer, staffed by athletic trainers and clinicians Tyler Oberlander, Destri Millsap and Doug Long and by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nathan A. Jacobson, has been used most frequently by the Mid-Plains Community College rodeo team at five of their inter-collegiate rodeos in the Great Plains region this spring. In five weeks, the athletic trainers and doctors and the trailer, traveled 4,200 miles and saw 271 patients.

There's a definite need for the medical trailer at rodeos, Oberlander said, and a special need for medical staff who understand the idiosyncrasies of the sport. Oberlander, a 2013 South Dakota State University graduate, has covered rodeo for the last four years, and he's familiar with the different injuries that occur with each event, and how to prepare for and prevent those injuries.

A good example, Oberlander said, was from a college rodeo in late April, at which the MPCC team competed. A bareback rider got bucked off, hit his head on his equipment, and got knocked out. He came to as Oberlander and a doctor were caring for him, and Oberlander asked if he could feel his extremities. He told them his left arm was numb. Because of Oberlander's experience with rodeo, he knew that all bareback riders' riding arms are numb after their ride, so this issue was not related to being knocked unconscious. The arm "is numb whether he's walking off after an 80 point ride or if he got thrown," he said. "We expect that, and saved him the ambulance ride."

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His knowledge of the sport of rodeo and its injuries is to the advantage of rodeo athletes, Oberlander said. "The biggest thing I can offer contestants is the experience of covering rodeo. I can save them that unneeded ambulance ride, that unneeded ER visit."

Seeing Oberlander and the doctors in the Great Plains trailer also starts a relationship with contestants, Oberlander said. "Rodeo people are nomadic and they tend to go wherever the professionals they trust are. If the doctor is willing to drive and hang out at the rodeos, then obviously he gets it, and people are willing to trust him."

Pro rodeo cowboys and cowgirls will utilize the trailer to tape up, massage, and use different techniques to prepare before they compete, to prevent injury, and the Great Plains team is also on hand in case of injury.

The Buffalo Bill Rodeo is June 15-18 at the Wild West Arena, with about 500 cowboys and cowgirls competing for more than $100,000 in prize money. Tickets for the rodeo are on sale online at NebraskalandDays.com, at the NebraskalandDays office at 2801 Charlie Evans Drive (at the Wild West Arena in North Platte), and at the gate. For more information, visit the website or call 308.532.7939.

–Nebraskaland Days