SLAM DUNK: Our behind-the-scenes scramble to save Logan's season
Millard West junior Logan Black saw her dreams interrupted when she hurt her knee during practice.
“The swelling was getting bigger and bigger under my kneepad. This happening just two days before state – it wasn’t good.”
The injury threatened to keep her out of the girls' state basketball championship game.
Thanks to CHI Health, she was able to play.
CHI Health Athletic Trainer Tom Buehler had been watching the star athlete from the sidelines and knew what needed to be done. “We’re there the second they get hurt and can evaluate the injury and begin the recovery process immediately.”
He had Logan see CHI Health Orthopedic Surgeon Eric Samuelson, MD, the next afternoon.
“We had a team-based approach to her care,” Dr. Samuelson said. “Our physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists work together.”
Logan was fast-tracked; she saw Dr. Samuelson, had an MRI and knew the results in three hours.
Her injury could be treated. She’d be able to play. “It was the most relief I’ve ever felt,” she said.
Not done yet, Dr. Samuelson drained fluid from her knee and Buehler worked with her.
“Typically this process takes much longer to complete,” Buehler said. “But working together, we were able to get her back on the court.”
Logan was grateful: “I can’t tell you how it makes me feel – that people are there to support me!”
Millard West lost in a close 46-48 game but Logan alone scored 11 of the points.
“She had a killer block during a fast break in the second game that made me smile because she wasn’t physically capable of doing that just a few days before,” Buehler said. “She played lights out. Logan was one of the players that really kept us in the game.”
Logan went on to be starting pitcher for state softball, pitching three straight perfect games in districts to help Millard West qualify for the state tournament.
CHI Health kept her in the game, she said. And it inspired her to go into medicine to become – what else? – an orthopedic surgeon.
CHI Health has 19 athletic trainers at 16 high schools throughout the Omaha metro area
CHI Health offers a comprehensive Sports Medicine program with certified athletic trainers, orthopedic physicians and rehabilitation specialists.
We provide a wide range of injury treatments and rehabilitation services, as well as a focus on injury prevention as a vital part of any athlete’s regimen. Plus, when you suffer an injury, we’ll get you quickly and safely back into the game. After that, we’ll educate you on how to avoid further injuries. With help from CHI Health Sports Medicine, you’ll improve performance and maximize your athletic potential.