Injuries down this year despite slick courts at Hoopfest

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 4:37 PM

SPOKANE -- Injuries are bound to happen at Hoopfest.  To help take care of the bumps and bruises, there were plenty of first-aid people around.  Players with more severe injuries also could go to a special area for quick x-rays.

The makeshift x-ray center looks like a scene out of a medical TV show.  The x-ray machine is on standby.  Next to it are monitors to show doctors what the machine sees.  A radiologist is on duty to look at the images.

Officials said they have seen at least 16 patients.

"It is less than we did last year," said Kathleen Wilson from Inland Imaging.  "I don't know if people are slowing down because of the rain and being more cautious.  It's less than we did a year ago."

Out of those 16 x-rays, experts found at least five fractures.  There were also a lot of jammed fingers and a few sprained ankles and wrists.

This is the fourth year Inland Imaging has provided the free x-rays.

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