Shoremen, Shoregal athletes play through the pain for chance at glory

By Henry Redman

The Spectrum Staff Writer

Athletes are known for their amazing feats of toughness and strength. Take Arizona Cardinals Safety Rashad Johnson who lost part of his middle finger while making a tackle. When he took his glove off, the finger stayed in his glove. The amazing part is that he played the rest of the game.

Although Shoremen athletes’ injuries may not be quite as bad as missing fingers there have still been many this fall sports season. From small ones to much larger ones that require serious treatment, Shoremen and Shoregal athletes are playing through some difficult injuries.

Every day after school the trainer’s room fills up with injured athletes receiving treatment for their injuries.

“The most common injury that is played through would probably be an ankle sprain,” Athletic Trainer Katie Reading said. “Players with an ankle sprain come in every day to get their injury taped or braced.”

Junior Soccer player Nick Fowkes knows what it’s like to play through nagging injuries. This season alone he has dealt with back, knee, and ankle troubles. He can attest to how difficult it is to play with an ankle sprain.

“I have to overcompensate onto my other ankle,” Fowkes said. “I am basically only playing with one foot, which leaves me at a slight disadvantage to the players with two healthy feet.”

“I play through the injury, so I don’t let the team down,” He said. To play through the ankle sprain Fowkes wears a brace.

“I would say one of the most surprising injuries that athletes commonly are able to play with is a radius fracture (wrist fracture),” Reading said. According to her as long as the player covers the cast in foam material to protect others from being injured by the hard cast they can play.

Playing with a cast on your arm disrupts an athlete’s play because it is adding a relatively heavy weight that they have to run with. But because the cast prevents the wrist from getting worse the athlete can continue to play.

“Most of the injuries that Avon Lake players receive are impossible to play through,” Reading said, “because you can’t really play through things like concussions.”

According to Reading, if the player is displaying any symptoms of concussion the player needs to be taken from play and given baseline tests. Until the player’s test results are back to normal they will not be allowed to play.

In order to play through an injury the trainers must believe that playing through the injury will not make it worse. Also the athlete needs to be able to complete tasks specific to their sport. So a soccer player needs to be able to run, kick, cut, and jump.

“If an athlete sees a doctor; as Athletic Trainer’s we must follow the orders of that doctor,” Reading said. “So if an athlete goes in to see a doctor for a sprained ankle and the doctor says the athlete is not cleared to return for 2 weeks we have to follow the doctor’s orders.”

One of the worst injuries of this fall sports season is to senior soccer captain and football kicker Alex Voloshen. Since last year Voloshen has been plagued by a knee injury.

“It’s a bone deformation,” he said, as his bone grew there weren’t any blood vessels growing with the new bone. The lack of blood caused the bone to die; now there is a huge jagged area that doesn’t give blood flow to the cartilage.

According to him, in order to treat the injury he may need to get surgery. In the surgery they would drill holes into the bone so blood flow gets to the cartilage rebuilding it.

“I will have arthritis for the rest of my life,” he said. His recovery will take approximately 12-16 weeks

To make it through both the football and soccer teams’ playoff runs, Voloshen will have to stay tough.

“It hasn’t affected my play much, I just have to play through the pain as much as possible,” he said.



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