Hey guys! I have a couple questions for those of you from more competitive states that are attending nationals this year. I've been attending for the past few years, but Rhode Island's scene is pretty pathetic so we don't get access to any competitions other than states to know what to expect at the national level.
1. For fractures, is it worth memorizing classification more in-depth than comminuted, greenstick, compression, oblique, etc, and Salter-Harris? Stuff like Boxer's, Pott's, Bennett's, Duverney's fractures. Is that stuff even relevant enough to make it on the notes sheet?
2. Anyone who took last year's Div. C nationals test, how many minutes per station? Any strategies you guys have for test-taking in stations? What about just a pure test that's ridiculously long?
3. The big one here... For anyone who took last year's test (either B or C), do the national event supervisors actually stick to the rules or not? I've heard that there were some pretty specific questions like "name 5 types of Psoriasis" and stuff like that, so I hope they have at least stuck to the rules for topic choice in the past?
1. I would say you should definitely know the ones normal ones you mentioned, for the others (Pott's, Bennett's, Duverney's, etc.) I don't think it's necessary however I have it on my cheat sheet anyways, because like you said, last year they asked for something pretty specific.
2. Don't recall station timing. If it is a stationed test, just have your partner start at one end and you start at the other, and meet in the middle, if you have time at a station to go over your partners test then of course do so. If it is a long test just split it up and get to work.
3. The best part about nationals is how well they adhere to the rules.. Even though they might ask about stuff not specifically stated on the rules, I'm sure those questions can stem off of a topic that is mentioned in the rules; that's really the point of nationals, to see who really knows their stuff and goes above and beyond to place.