Medical professionals in the wing for basketball tournament

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March Madness is alive in Peoria.

Thousands of basketball fans invaded the River City this weekend for the state basketball finals.

Team supporters and players aren’t the only ones present at the Civic Center.

Medical staff are busy prepping for the worst, but hoping for the best.

“Anytime you have a large group of people and also people hurting themselves in a physical manner, it’s important to have medical presence,” says Josh Bradshaw, community resource manager for AMT.  

For most fans, it’s all about basketball and taking home the big W. 

“My preparation is I plan for the worst and if we have to deal with it then we deal with it,” says Greg Gaa, Sports Outreach Manager for OSF HealthCare.

When push comes to shove, if any athletes do get hurt they go to medical rooms packed with all the essentials.

“I think preparedness,” says Gaa. “It’s always towards the forefront. But I think more than ever now, you know we spend a lot of time with preparedness.”

With these medical teams in place, it allows for fans to root for their teams as they go to the hoop. 

“A lot of people don’t think about emergency medical services until that moment that they need them,” says Bradshaw. 

“Unfortunately, bad things happen,” says Gaa. “I mean, we’re here to support the athletes. Support the coaching staff and you know, their medical staffs along the way.”

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