MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel High School’s athletic staff could soon have a new tool to treat sports injuries.
Trevor Peterson, a junior at MCHS, has had two severe sports injuries during the 2018-19 school year, which led him to discover the benefits of the Game Ready System at Wabash General Hospital.
Peterson tore his MCL and experienced a partial ACL tear during a football game in the fall. He had surgery in December to make those repairs and underwent therapy before beginning to play in the current basketball season, when he experienced an additional injury in February.
In the second injury, Peterson reinjured his ACL and injured his Meniscus, meaning Peterson experienced three of most common knee-related sports injuries within just a few months, which resulted in a great deal of swelling. This swelling has to be stopped in order for an athlete to undergo surgery.
The swelling can be mitigated by cooling the injured appendage, but the age-old use of ice bags only does so much to relieve swelling and comes with downsides that are not factors in the use of the Game Ready System, said Peterson.
Ice bags warm up quickly and generally can only be set atop the injury, whereas the Game Ready System constantly pumps cold liquid through a custom-sized sleeve consistent with the size of the injured body part.
The system also provides compression to the injured appendage to help mitigate swelling.
“It’s probably his favorite part of therapy,” said Keesha Compton Peterson, Trevor Peterson’s mother.
“It was fantastic,” said Chad Peterson, Trevor Peterson’s father, who had his own experience with the system when he had therapy on a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
The entire system, with sleeves fitted for ankles, knees and shoulders, the most common sports injuries at Mount Carmel High School according to Peterson, will cost about $3,800.
Peterson teamed up with the Wabash General Hospital Foundation to raise the funds for a system unit for the school because of two important upsides: donations made to the WGH Foundation are tax deductible and because the hospital can purchase the unit at a cheaper price than the school could.
A Facebook campaign was started to get the word out, complete with a video featuring Peterson himself describing how the Game Ready System has positively impacted his life.
Keesha Compton Peterson, stressed that while her son may
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use the system, the campaign to purchase one for the school would be a benefit to the Mount Carmel athletics department as a whole.
“Trevor may end up using it, but it’s for everyone,” Keesha Compton Peterson said.
It was only through his own experience with the Game Ready System that Peterson knew about how much it boosted his therapy experience.
“Trevor identified it as a need for the high school just because the fact that he would have been able to use it during that time period,” Keesha Compton Peterson said. There is a chance some students who have experienced injuries in the past could have returned to their respective sport sooner had they had access to a Game Ready System, she added.
The amount of time Peterson had to take out of his day for therapy was a motivator for the campaign as well, with Peterson attending therapy before and after school and realizing that any student with a sports injury would have to do the same.
“It could be more convenient if it’s at the school,” said Chad Peterson.
Keesha Compton Peterson said while the Game Ready System does replace traditional ice bags, it does not replace all forms of athletic therapy.
Even with all of his injuries this school year, Trevor Peterson sees the push for the new therapy tool as a positive outcome.
“It’s kind of nice to make good out of a bad situation,” Trevor Peterson said.
The Facebook donations totaled over $1,800 Monday afternoon and some private donations were received, said Keesha Compton Peterson.
There are many options at donors’ disposal, with a button on Facebook, Foundation envelopes or simply a check to the foundation, Keesha Compton Peterson said.