A BYU-Idaho student was carried away on a stretcher from the BYU-Idaho Center during the middle of an evening basketball game Nov. 13.
Taylor Simmons, a sophomore studying accounting and an opponent of the injured student said he and the student were trying to catch the rebound when the injury occurred.
“I jumped to grab the rebound, and then he came from behind me and when I was in the air, he like hit the side of me and went off balance and landed on his leg wrong,” Simmons said. “His ankle got turned in a weird way. He started screaming like crazy.”
Rebekah Jones, a sophomore majoring in general studies and a volunteer for intramural sports said once the student screamed, everyone ran to him. She said he kept saying that he broke his ankle.
Carlee Rodeman, a junior studying therapeutic recreation, a manager for the evening games, and a first responder said she was on a volleyball court when she heard a loud yell. She said she ran to the basketball court and saw the student lying on the court.
Rodeman said she and her staff followed protocol. She said he wanted an ambulance called so they called one.
The ambulance came, wrapped his ankle, and carried him away on the stretcher.
Simmons said the volunteers at the table stopped the clock. He said the referees called a foul on the injured student so Simmons’ team got the ball once the game started again.
Lauren Simmons, a senior studying English Education, and a volunteer for intramural sports said to prevent this from happening in the future, teams should play less aggressively.
Taylor Simmons said he plays for Kings of the Court and the injured student plays for The Infidels.
Elaine Gillming a senior studying accounting and a volunteer helping out with the clock said the game started at 10:15 p.m. and the injury occurred at 10:24 p.m.