One-of-a-kind tool created by Realityworks, Inc., offers hands-on practice diagnosing and testing common sports injuries
EAU CLAIRE, WI, June 14, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Realityworks, Inc., a leader in experiential learning solutions, is excited to announce that its Knee and Ankle Sports Injury Assessment Trainer was named the Career Readiness Solution of the Year by the EdTech Breakthrough Awards. In its fifth year, the annual awards program honors technologies and companies that drive innovation and exemplify the best in educational technology solutions. Realityworks’ Knee and Ankle Sports Injury Assessment Trainer was chosen by a panel of EdTech industry experts for its innovation, design and user experience.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our internally developed Knee and Ankle Sports Injury Assessment Trainer,” said Timm Boettcher, Realityworks President and CEO. “By simulating common sports-related injuries, this one-of-a-kind trainer allows students to develop their assessment and diagnostic skills, providing them with the hands-on experience necessary to succeed in their career.”
Realityworks’ Knee and Ankle Sports Injury Assessment Trainer features articulating joints and muscles that give students hands-on practice assessing a variety of common ligament and tendon tears. Additionally, a dial enables users to customize the degree of the injury’s impact for added realism. Students can evaluate three different knee injuries and four ankle injuries: ACL, MCL, LCL, ATFL, CFL, deltoid ligament, and Achilles tendon. The model can be flipped upside down, sideways, and off the edge of the table to practice different injury evaluations.
Without this trainer, students only get to feel these injuries by performing diagnostic tests on uninjured peers, or injured athletes. They are limited to injuries that happen to occur while they are learning (and in those cases, tests can cause further pain and discomfort for the athlete). With this trainer, students can feel a variety of injuries at different degrees and test the injuries as much as needed to feel confident in a diagnosis without fear of harming anyone.
“Trainers like this create a ‘win-win’ situation for both students and teachers. Students win because they can practice skills repeatedly until they obtain confidence and competence. Teachers win because they can provide consistent learning experiences for all students across the board,” said Molly Kellgren, PhD, RN, Health Science Education Product Manager for Realityworks. “Any time we can offer hands-on experiences that are realistic, we are creating learning opportunities that our students never forget. They carry that learning with them into their professional practice.”
This is the fifth consecutive year Realityworks has been honored with awards for their hands-on learning aids. Their Blood Pressure Simulator, ECG Simulator, Hydroponics Educational Systems and others have all been previously recognized for their innovation and impact on education. Realityworks’ Knee and Ankle Sports Injury Assessment Trainer belongs to a growing line of tools focused on bringing realism into the classroom and teaching in-demand skills. For more information on Realityworks’ products and programs, visit realityworks.com.
About the EdTech Breakthrough Awards
Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the EdTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in educational technology products, companies and people. The EdTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough educational technology in categories including e-learning, student engagement, school administration, career preparation, language learning, STEM and more. For more information, visit EdTechBreakthrough.com.
About Realityworks, Inc.
Established over 20 years ago, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students, help educators teach needed skills and provide career exploration opportunities. Realityworks comprehensive learning solutions combine curriculum with hands-on learning tools, student activities and assessments to create innovative classroom-based learning environments that make a difference. These solutions are used in middle, secondary and post-secondary schools to address a variety of Career & Technical Education pathways, including health & human services, health sciences, welding and trade skills, agriculture education, sex education and more. With simulators in more than 70 percent of U.S. school districts and programs in more than 90 countries around the world, Realityworks has made a worldwide impact on the lives of youth all over the world. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.
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