|Josh Parr - "I am thankful"
21, 2010 – The Centerville High School football team headed out to their home
field to win another victory for the Bulldogs.
Josh Parr was among the players running onto the field. The band was playing their fight song. The cheerleaders and fans were shouting at
the top of their lungs. It was going to
be a great night!
Rich, was on the sidelines keeping stats like he had done all four years. His mom, Shelley, was in the stands, cheering
him on like she had done all four years.
But all of
that excitement and energy came to a screeching halt when Josh went down and
didn't get back up.
"Once he was
saying how bad it hurt, I knew it was serious," Rich said.
athletic trainer Brooke Wagner rushed to his side. "I did a quick evaluation on the sideline,
which didn't look good," she said. Brooke
knew Josh needed to see a physician and referred him to Reid Orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Gregory Woods.
headed to surgery to repair a torn ACL and cartilage. "He also had a deep bone
bruise, which is very painful and requires extra healing time," Brooke said.
followed by several weeks of rehab at Reid.
"It was a great environment to be in," Josh said. "It was relaxed and I
got to know everyone, including the patients."
Brooke said the goal of rehabilitation and insurance is to get a patient
back to "daily living standards." This
does not get an athlete back to sports.
That is where the athletic trainer comes into play.
Josh is a
natural-born athlete. He plays football
and basketball, but his passion is baseball.
Speaking with Brooke, he and his parents hoped she could get him ready
for a full season of baseball for his senior year.
with Dr. Woods to let him know that we wanted to try to get him back to sports
earlier than the planned April 1 date," said Brooke. "We decided to do work hard and try, but not
make any promises."
worked a lot with him – even after hours," Shelly said.
"It was just
pretty amazing," said Rich. "They were saying he would be lucky to be back by
April for baseball, but he was back by February."
diligence and hard work, he was able to play the last five games of basketball
and be conditioned to start his senior baseball season strong. Playing his best defensive season ever, Josh
led his team to a sectional championship.
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Hospital Foundation supports area high schools through Reid's athletic training
program. Schools that choose to
participate each receive a free full-time athletic trainer to work with their
student athletes on strength, agility, and limited rehabilitation following an
programs help student athletes like Josh recover quickly to get back to the sports
they love, and offer parents a peace of mind.
have a kid out there, you don't know how great it is," Rich said. "You've got someone there that's not going to
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