I start this blog with a big THANKS for those of you who helped make our book signing during Memorial Day weekend a huge success! We were able to raise a lot for the Greg Dorn PHS Memorial Scholarship. I also enjoyed the sharing time and walking down memory lane with so many old friends.
One of the reasons that I wanted to hold my first public book signing in my hometown was to, as I stated in an earlier blog, properly honor and thank all the coaches and teachers who helped me in my quest to become an eye doctor and now, an author.
Hillary Clinton stated it correctly with the title of her book, It Takes A Village. I believe that and feel fortunate that I grew up in the village of Petersburg, WV! Not just because there is a good community of people, medical care, teachers and coaches, but also our athletic trainer!
I was reminded of that fact when my old high school trainer, Chuck Yaegar, showed up at my book signing.
Some strange things began to happen when he showed up in the mid ‘70’s. He put a big emphasis on stretching before our workouts. With the help of the parents and boosters, he came up with some water pipes that became hydration stations. He taught those of us that wanted to learn the proper techniques for taping up ankles and wrists before practices and games, so that everyone could get taped that needed it. We had to warm down. We had to incorporate range of motion with our muscle training. Craziness!
He went steps further by trying to convince the school they should have an honor class dedicated to a topic that wasn’t currently being taught, Sports Medicine. Those classes are now in heavy demand in my daughters’ high school in North Carolina.
In Chapter 10 of See To Play, I explain that athletes who want to be successful should surround themselves with the right kind of people. The first professional on my list is the right athletic trainer. They are so vital to the athlete because they prepare the body for training and are on the front line when an incident or crisis occurs. They also begin to form and coordinate the medical team that ultimately your child athlete may use.
One summer day back in our college years, my brothers and I were playing basketball with some friends on our back yard court. My brother, Dave, came down with a routine rebound and blew out his knee. Who did my parents call first? Coach Yaeger. He rushed over, immediately stabilized the injured knee, got on the phone with the nearest orthopedic specialist (who was an hour and a half away), and sent Dave into the correct course of action.
Be prepared….have the right trainer!
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