Caleb Martin // Centerville Athletics
Centerville’s Caleb Martin has seen his share of sports injuries over the past few years– three concussions, a collapsed lung (non-sports related) and this year a dislocated collar bone. Fortunately, there has been a Reid athletic trainer on hand to assist each time.
This summer, Caleb was playing during football team camp. He typically plays defensive back and safety, but due to the number of players, he moved to outside linebacker. During a tackle, Caleb’s right arm went completely limp. “I couldn’t move it,” he said. He was able to regain movement, but within a couple days, athletic trainer Gina Varchetto called his parents and recommended he be seen by an orthopedic physician. She knew he had dislocated his shoulder.
“We took him to see (physician assistant) Jayson Hartman and then Dr. (Gregory) Woods,” said Caleb’s father, Roger Martin. They followed instructions to keep Caleb’s right arm in a sling for a week. “Dr. Woods said for every 50 shoulders he sees, one is like Caleb’s,” Roger said.
The next four weeks, Gina worked closely with Dr. Woods and guided Caleb through therapy to strengthen his shoulder muscles. Resistance bands, stretches and weights helped get Caleb back to full strength. “She did a great job,” Caleb said. “It was a challenge to do more each week. I gradually got back to throwing.”
Roger had the benefit of a dual perspective, as a basketball coach and a parent. “What I’ve appreciated about the trainers is they understand what the athlete is going through,” he said. “As a coach, we want them back to the game. As a parent, we want them back to healthy.”
“By week three, I wanted to go back,” Caleb said. “But Gina knew I couldn’t handle it yet. The trainers care and help you get what you need.” One week later, Caleb was back in the game.
“It’s nice,” Caleb added. “They are trainers first, but they are people too – they want to get to know us.”
“The kids enjoy having her here.” Roger said. “I’m just glad we have the program.”