Sep 27, 2016
Two Heroes Thanked

Recently, two athletic trainers were publicly thanked for their work behind the scenes. Cole Webster is a recipient of the “Brain Saver Award” from the American Heart Association and Dave Polanski was given the game ball by an athlete he rehabbed.

When an assistant football coach collapsed on the turf during a summer camp, Oak Grove (Mo.) High School Athletic Trainer Cole Webster was summoned to help. Webster told KSHB 41Action News that he recognized his colleague’s symptoms—slurred speech, facial droop, and paralysis on the left side—as the signs of a stroke.

Even though the coach insisted he was fine, Webster got the coach to an emergency room. Thanks to his quick action, the coach is now able to walk with a cane and has been working to regain his speech, vision, and movement on his left side. In recognition for his action, Webster will receive the “Brain Saver Award” from the American Heart Association.

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An article from Athletic Training Today reports that University of Tulsa senior wide receiver Keevan Lucas made three touchdowns in a recent game against North Carolina A&T. This was his first comeback to the end-zone after a knee injury sustained last year.

Lucas worked hard to get ready to return to play at a high level, but it wasn’t a solo effort. After his first touchdown, Lucas thanked Head Athletic Trainer Dave Polanski by giving him the ball.

“It’s very special, for someone to really acknowledge what we do,” Polanski told Athletic Training Today. “He and I obviously spent a lot of time together and it was just real special for him to come over and say thanks. We don’t get that very often, but that makes the job worthwhile for sure.”

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