From Injury to the Ice

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By Karen McNew McGuire on February 1, 2018

As Roanoke’s Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey team gains momentum.. keeping players healthy is a top priority.

Colin Murray,  like many players, started playing at a young age.

“For me as I got older, it definitely was about kind of the competitive aspect and the camaraderie,” said Murray, a former forward for the Rail Yard Dawgs hockey team in Roanoke, Va.

After an ACL injury last season, Colin returned to the ice nine months later.

“I think in any sport it is comforting to know that someone is there that knows a lot more about your body than you do,” said Murray.

Travis Johns is the athletic trainer from Carilion Sports Medicine who helps players both on and off the ice.  

“That is part of the reason I do this job,” noted Johns. “It is seeing the players go from the injury all the way to back on the ice. That is what I am here for its to help them through that.”

Since our interview Colin’s been called up to a higher league, but the work continues in Roanoke for coach Dan Bremner and his team.

“As a coach, when those hurdles come, when we get a player injured, it is comforting to know they are going to get the best treatment and they are going to get back into the game as quickly as possible,” explained Bremner.

A common “goal” for everyone involved.