Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists Athletic Trainer Monique Foster Provides Medical Coverage at 2017 CrossFit Games

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists Athletic Trainer Monique Foster Provides Medical Coverage at 2017 CrossFit Games

Created on: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Author: Mahmoud Hijazi (Wayne State University), 2017 Summer Intern

While we sometimes see CrossFit athletes in clinic, one of our staff had the opportunity to be the only certified athletic trainer named to the 2017 CrossFit Games Medical Team in Madison, Wisconsin. Summer intern Mahmoud Hijazi (Wayne State University) sat down with Monique to discuss experiences during the competition.  

At Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, our staff goes above and beyond their required work by volunteering at sporting and community events across the nation. This past week, Monique (Moe) Foster, an athletic trainer here at SAOS, volunteered as part of the medical staff at the 2017 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. Over the course of 4 days, Moe met some amazing people and had a great experience providing care for the athletes.

In order to ensure the best level of care, Moe, the only standalone athletic trainer among the 60 medical professionals at the games, went through intense training. Most of the medical staff was made up of EMT’s, firefighters, flight nurses, nurses, physicians and orthopedic surgeons. Prior to each event, the volunteers ran a series of drills used to treat any injury ranging from a sprained ankle to heart attacks and spinal injuries. Most drills were done multiple times with different variables to duplicate any scenario. By completing the training before each event, providers were able to practice with crowd noise, changing weather conditions, and other unpredictable obstacles. With competitors ranging from 15 years old to adults over 60, it was important to know how to treat all types of athletes. The medical staff was disseminated across the games, making sure volunteers were present at each event. On the first day of competition, Moe was stationed at the Cyclocross; a 3-lap bike race with obstacles thrown in at different parts of each lap. The next day, she worked the obstacle course which included ascending a cargo net, completing monkey bars, climbing over hurdles, scaling a wood wall, and many other tasks. On her last day, she worked alongside competitive weight lifters at the Strongman competition. Here, athletes had to move a 500-pound yoke, 200-pound farmers log, and a 400-pound sled across a 150-foot field. The athletes were well trained and prepared for these vigorous challenges as no serious injuries occurred during any of the competitions. 
CrossFit is scarred with a bad reputation with regards to injury. Many feel that it is a very dangerous, injury prone form of exercise. When asked about this, Moe, who has been doing CrossFit for 2 years, was able to shed some light on the topic. “Participants need to be smart with their bodies and with what activities they try to accomplish. Everyone is different. It is important to listen and work with the coach to scale things per their level.” 
Throughout the year, Moe continues to give her time to the community. In the past, she has volunteered at local events such as Game Day Competition. In the coming months, she plans to volunteer as a medic at the Granite games. Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists is truly proud to claim Moe as one of their own.   

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