Stanford Athletic Trainer Joins Medical Staff For Red Bull Rampage

IMG_4217Dominic Vincentini MS, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer, recently traveled out to the rural, mountainous terrain of Southwest Utah as a member of the medical staff for Red Bull Rampage, October 13th to 18th.  Red Bull Rampage is an invite only free ride mountain bike competition held near Zion National Park in Virgin, Utah. The event is very similar to that of freestyle skiing or snowboarding where riders are judged on their choice of ‘lines’ down the course, technical riding ability, and complexity of tricks.  In terms of magnitude, Red Bull Rampage has become one of the biggest mountain biking events of the year. Riders lines consisted of narrow bike paths on the mountain tops ridge, steep vertical drops, giant step down jumps,  shark fin landings, a 90+ ft canyon gap jump, and man-made kicker jumps, just to name a few. This event gives a unique opportunity for Vincentini to hone his emergency medical and risk management skills as the course was rode each day by these extremely skilled and courageous athletes.

 Vincentini said after the event, “Red Bull Rampage, outside of Virgin, Utah was an event unlike any other. Being a part of the medical team that provided optimal healthcare to 40 of the best free style mountain bike riders from around the world with Zion National Park as your backdrop was absolutely amazing. These riders make me as an Athletic Trainer ‘raise the bar’ just like they do each time they drop into the course at the starting gate up top.” Vincentini and other athletic trainers provided numerous treatments and course coverage over the duration of the event, and were an integral part of the medical care provided for this incredibly unique setting.  Vincentini looks forward to continuing to participate in future action sport events throughout his career, as he stated, “I am very honored and blessed to be able to work with such incredible inspiring action sport athletes who challenge me to be a better athletic trainer in ways I never thought possible. The biggest thing about this event is that I get to work with the worlds best mountain bike riders and in return bring back the knowledge gained to Stanford University while making sure these athletes are safe during training and competition. Rampage is truly an event unlike any other.”

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