JAMESTOWN, NY - In high school, when I had sprains and strains and all the things that happen when you run track (or have people wrenching on you on the wrestling mat) most often I would talk with Joe Rushin about what I needed to do.
He seemed to have a knowledge of physiology that say, Dr. Marvin Siegel, our family doc, was clearly missing.
I sure miss Joe right now, as my right knee is swollen like a football and the MRI to check it out is scheduled for December.
Yup, December. I just love managed health care.
Joe taught us how to use isometric exercises and how not injure parts of the body like knees. The ultimate though was to be allowed to sit in the whirlpool in the locker room if you had a sprain. You always had to have a spotter when you soaked, I guess because he was afraid you might fall asleep and drown. With the racket in the locker room, that seems pretty doubtful in retrospect.
Maybe I just need to break down and purchase a hot tub to soak. I could get one a lot quicker than December.
I ran across Joe's photo today when I was thumbing through the yearbook, avoiding all the work I need to get done today and this weekend for next week's classes and writing.
I always heard Flash Olsen and Dick Shevalier refer to him as director of athletics, but his title in the yearbook is administrative assistant.
Administrative assistant? Somehow, athletic director fits the Joe I remember a lot better.
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