Tips From the Medical Tent at Country Jam 2012
KREX News Room
MACK, Colo.- Officials want concert-goers to enjoy Country Jam 2012, but while being smart, especially with the heat forecast for the weekend.
Event organizers want to make sure everyone is staying safe. Dehydration is a big concern for both concert-goers and organizers.
On Thursday, the people attending Country Jam kept officials at the Lower Valley Fire District medical tent on their feet. "This is by far the busiest we've ever been on any of the events," said Pam Holder, medical tent leader.
Officials say it's odd to see so many patients on the first day, so in order to make sure you aren't listening to the concert from the medical tent, here are a few tips.
You should also drink water or other hydrating beverages. "As the day goes on as it get hotter you just need to increase that water intake," said Holder.
Near the middle of the concert grounds is a large line of drinking water spouts to fill up water bottles.
Medical officials say orthopedic injuries are one of the most common injuries, but there is an easy fix. "Wear good shoes. Coming out in these slinky little shoes out here and you're in a field which is an irrigation field that usually has ruts and things ... we've gotten ankles already being injured," said Holder.
Officials also say they've seen an increase in incidents involving people not taking their prescription medication during the 4-day concert.
"Be sure that if you're taking a prescription medication that you stay on that medication throughout the event. Bring it out here with you," said Holder.
As always, while spending extensive time in the sun, remember to constantly apply sunscreen.