Erlanger’s event medicine team includes trauma and orthopedic specialists, registered nurses, paramedics, and emergency physicians. (Photo: Contributed)

Erlanger’s event medicine specialists treated 133 people during this past weekend’s two-day Ironman event

That number is a sharp decrease from last year, when specialists treated 611 patients, mostly for heat-related illnesses. In 2015, specialists treated 200 patients during the event.

 “A majority of this year’s participants received medical assistance for soft tissue injuries,” according to a news release from Erlanger.

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This year, 19 Ironman athletes had to be transported to Erlanger emergency departments for further treatment.

Medical staff treated abdominal pain, joint and limb injuries, head and facial injuries, lacerations, dehydration, chest pain and respiratory illness.

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