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CATA recognizes local athletic therapist

Saul Behrman, an athletic therapist at Durham College/UOIT, recently received a Merit Award from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association for responding to a medical emergency during a basketball game at the college in January 2017. (Photo courtesy of Durham College).

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As an athletic therapist, Saul Behrman is more likely to deal with sprains and broken bones than an immediate medical emergency.

However, the Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) employee was recently recognized for his quick thinking actions in the face of such a situation.

Behrman received a Merit Award from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) during the organization’s recent annual conference, held in Niagara Falls.

The CATA Merit Award recognizes members who have, through their immediate actions, saved a life, prevented serious injury, or performed an outstanding emergency service.

On Jan. 17, 2017, Behrman was present during a men’s basketball game between Durham and Centennial College when the referee required emergency medical attention.

Behrman, along with Centennial’s athletic therapist Jason Li, sprang into action to assist the man in need.

Before paramedics arrived, they were soon joined by an off-duty OPP officer and the college’s Campus Emergency Response Team. Even though his position as athletic therapist requires him to be trained to deal with such situations, Behrman says it’s not an everyday occurrence.

“That level of trauma was definitely something that is rare,” Behrman says.

Behrman credited Durham College/UOIT for providing him with the appropriate equipment and support staff to deal with such situations.

“This is an example of why it is important to have trained medical staff and to always have a good plan,” he said.

Behrman says he was “very honoured to receive the award.”

“I never thought I’d be getting it,” Behrman said “Especially in front of so many of my colleagues and friends I went to school with.”

Saul has been working with Durham College and UOIT since 2010. As a certified athletic trainer, he has previously taught at Durham College with the Fitness & Health Promotion program.