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DR. DAVID Edwards recently returned from a week-long trip to Colorado Springs where he participated in a sports medicine volunteer program at the US Olympic Training Center.

Some opportunities are just too good to pass up.

Dr. David Edwards – practicing physiotherapist at Edwards Absolute Kinetics since 2018 – experienced this just a few weeks ago.

Edwards recently returned from a week-long trip to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where he worked with the Sports Medicine Volunteer Program.

Edwards, who graduated from Martins Ferry in 2003 and then attended Wheeling Jesuit University for his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees, knew since late 2019 that he would have the opportunity to participate in the program.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, raising many questions as to whether or not the opportunity would materialize.

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get the chance to do this, but COVID kind of calmed down,” Edwards said. “I received an email saying that the program was going to resume and I was invited to do so.”

From there, it was a no-brainer for Edwards. Obviously, he had to leave his own practice for a week, but it was a decision that, in the long run, could prove extremely beneficial for the residents and athletes of the Ohio Valley.

“We mainly do sports medicine and I am certified in sports and orthopedics, so having the opportunity to work with the best athletes in the world was an opportunity I could not pass up,” Edwards said.

While at the US Olympic Center, Edwards was involved with athletes in the sports of boxing, swimming, men’s gymnastics and wrestling. On the first day, he showed up at the training center at 8 a.m. and got to work immediately.

“I started seeing athletes for rehab sessions and covering their workouts,” Edwards noted. “One of my biggest lessons outside of coaching was how awesome the athletes were. They were all very grateful and fun to work with.

Much of what Edwards held back so he could bring back to the Ohio Valley to help incorporate happened during his team when he was able to collaborate with some of the full-time medical staff. of the American team.

“It was really nice to be able to be with them” Edwards said. “I learned things from a manual therapy standpoint, different recovery strategies and other things. A lot of what they do is very similar to what I do.

The biggest difference, according to Edwards, is simply the time athletes spend in the training room or with medical staff. He used the example that he can see a local athlete once a week or once every two weeks.

However, athletes at this facility essentially have 24-hour access to medical staff and receive physical therapy four or five times a week.

“This time (spent together) is obviously a great thing,” Edwards said.

Many of the athletes Edwards worked with faced similar issues faced by high school and college athletes.

“A lot of these are muscle and skeletal issues that you normally see and even when working with top athletes the treatments are the same,” Edwards pointed out. “The biggest difference is that a lot of them come into the training room and they’ve really solved their own problem for me, whereas a lot of young athletes have to figure things out. Plus those athletes have access to everything. what you can imagine at the training center and they are much more medically monitored.

Edwards, who plans to return to Colorado Springs this summer for another residency, admitted he would like to accompany one of the teams to an Olympics if the opportunity arises.

“As you get closer to the Olympics I think a lot of it depends on what’s been done so far and you need to reapply and let it be known that you’re ready and able to go with it. a team”, Edwards said. “A lot of it depends on the full-time employees and how many volunteers they need. There are still a lot of details that I don’t know, but I know that if it was an option, I would jump at the chance.


It was confirmed this week that Brooke had informed both Wheeling Park and John Marshall of his intention to play men’s basketball only once at each school. It will be the first time since schools opened that they haven’t played home and away from home on the hardwood.

This makes absolutely no sense to me on many levels. First and foremost, why is this happening? Every team makes the playoffs in basketball, so it’s not about the tournament.

Second, I am amazed that the Brooke administration allowed this to happen. Some games should not be tradable. For example, Park vs. Brooke, Brooke vs. John Marshall, and John Marshall vs. Park are three great examples.

I know I look at and see sports differently than coaches, but some of the decisions made with schedules in today’s world – in all prep sports on both sides of the river – are just mind-boggling to me.


OVAC will have a new basketball commissioner starting next season. Ron White has informed the conference and member athletic directors that he is stepping down after the All-Star Game next week. White has held the position since the 2016-17 school year.

AREA SWIMMERS – Owen Leary (Wheeling Park), Victoria Kidney (John Marshall) and Evan Yost (St. Clairsville) – will compete at the YMCA National Championships in Greensboro.

BARNESVILLE will have a new women’s basketball coach for the 2022-23 season. Jason Perkins chose not to apply for the position he held for three seasons.

GOLF’s FIRST major of 2022 – the Masters – is happening this week at Augusta National Golf Club. It’s unclear whether the biggest question coming into the week is as much who will win as whether Tiger Woods will return to action for the first time since he broke his leg in a car crash in February. 2021? Either way, the green jacket will be showcased next Sunday inside Butler Cabin. My choice is Jon Rahm.

ALTHOUGH I picked perhaps my worst bracket ever for this NCAA Tournament, I will be offering my picks for tonight’s Final Four games. I’ll take Duke and Kansas to meet on Monday and Coach K. will retire with another national championship.

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