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Basketball Player Collapses, Receives Emergency Aid from Athletic Trainer

Articles for Athletic Trainers and News StoriesIn a recent scary incident at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a student-athlete collapsed during a basketball practice session.

The quick response of the school's Athletic Trainer Claire Ellingson, who immediately administered CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), was crucial in the emergency response. The athletic director also played a vital role by swiftly calling 911.

AT saves life at Bishop Luers High School Fort Wayne police officers arrived promptly at the scene and assisted in the CPR efforts until the emergency medical services (EMS) took over.

The student, whose identity and specific condition have not been disclosed, was initially taken to a local hospital.

Due to the severity of the situation, the student was later transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for specialized treatment.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend released a statement regarding the incident but did not provide further details about the student's current condition.

However, they emphasized the school's commitment to providing support and counseling to both students and staff affected by this distressing event.

Bishop Luers High School Principal Scott Krieger expressed the school community's resolve to come together in this challenging time, leaning on their faith for strength and guidance. He also called for prayers for the student, their family, and the entire school community.

This incident occurred during a scheduled practice session involving the varsity and junior varsity boys' basketball teams, as indicated on the school's athletic schedule.

As the student receives medical care in Indianapolis, the Bishop Luers High School community remains united in concern and support, demonstrating the strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of medical emergencies in sports — including the need to have Athletic Trainers available at all times, including practices.