One of Wheeling’s great athletes was injured last month. Solomon Hudson, sophomore, was injured at a track meet on Saturday, March 16th.
Tom Polak, track coach, talked about how Hudson’s injury came about. “Hudson was injured during the 4×200 at the MSL Indoor Invite. He was able to finish the race,” Polak said. “It’s very disappointing, just like every injury. Hudson’s season had just started and it looked very promising. Just the week before he set the record for fastest 200m run by a sophomore indoors.” Polak said.
Hudson explained his injury and how it impacted him. “The injury was a fractured pelvis during the 4×200 relay,” Hudson said. “I’m feeling much better now; however, I will miss the rest of track season.” Hudson said.
Hudson is expected to be fully ready for all sports next year, when Hudson will be a junior. These injuries are typical, and could happen to anyone at any time. Injuries aren’t anything new to athletes, as they prepare for all of their games and seasons knowing that the threat of injury is constantly looming.
Matt Webber, girls’ varsity basketball coach, talked about what it was like to experience injury on his team and what it takes to help prevent injuries in the future. “It’s always hard to lose a player on your team to an injury that ends their season. It’s extremely hard on the player also. As a team, we have to encourage that player to keep going,” Webber said. “Ways to prevent injuries are, as an athlete, getting involved in a strength and conditioning program to increase flexibility, durability, and speed to decrease chances of an injury. Also, coaches have to ensure that warm-ups are dynamic and have purpose. In basketball, we do dynamic warm-ups that serve a purpose for every part of the body to help prevent injuries in the future.” Webber said.
Rocco Tieri, athletic trainer, explained the responsibilities of an athletic trainer in times of major injuries to players.
“Season-ending injuries are very hard to deal with. It’s hard on the players’ emotions as well as their body,” Tieri said. “As trainers, we work with the coaches and we check the range and motion of their players. We do everything we can to make sure players won’t get injured.” Tieri added.
-Written by Assistant Sports Editor Jackson Gross