In addition to seeing many injuries taped, we were able to help out by making ice bags and handing out water to athletes after their events. We learned how to vacuum seal the ice bag and then wrap it around wherever the athlete needed it to stay. Fortunately, no major or life threatening injuries occurred while we were observing, except for two runners who were very winded after their events, but were doing better after sitting down to rest and drinking water.
We enjoyed watching the athletic trainers take care of the athletes as they came into the tent, most had just performed in their event and needed assistance with ice or stretching. Track and field athletes push their bodies so hard for a relatively short amount of time, so coming into the medical tent, it was interesting to see their reactions to needing treatment and what they wanted to be done.