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SNHP Sophomore Gains Hands-on Experience in Race Medicine Volunteering During Triathlon

September 14, 2018
Serena Eljamal SNHP'20 and Dr. Adrienne Wald

SNHP Sophomore Serena Eljamal had the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience in race medicine this past weekend when she worked with Dr. Adrienne Wald, Assistant Professor of Nursing, to provide first aid at the finish line of the Survival of the Shawangunks (SOS) Triathlon in New Paltz, NY.

“The experience really gave me a chance to use my skills and learn about first aid for endurance athletes, including caring for blisters and cramped muscles,” says Serena. “Since it was quite cold, Dr. Wald taught me a lot about how weather conditions can affect athletes taking part in these events. Hypothermia and hyperthermia can arise and be life threatening.

“It meant a lot to me to assist these incredible athletes. Their motivation and commitment was inspirational. Dr. Wald’s knowledge was also inspirational. I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to help out.”

This is the second year that Dr. Wald has volunteered to provide first aid with a CNR student at the SOS Triathlon. Last year, she was accompanied by Suhair Vermes SNHP’17, who is now working as an emergency room nurse.