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OSU’s medical staff hopes to better identify and manage player injuries

An Oklahoma State player hits the turf, writhes in pain and the crowd goes silent.

Among more than 50,000 people within the confines of Boone Pickens Stadium on game day, just six have final responsibility for diagnosing those injured Cowboys and the decision of whether they can return to action.

A half-dozen OSU physicians, all with varying specialties, roam the OSU sideline to provide medical expertise in moments of panic.

But against Iowa State last week, that number was cut to five. Dr. Val Gene Iven, OSU’s head team physician, explained why.

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