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Hospital program helps young athletes bounce back from sports-related injuries

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - From pee-wee football, to T-ball, to varsity soccer — there’s a chance of an injury anytime your child suits up for a sporting game.

A new study shows one-third of all childhood injuries are sports-related.

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Captain Shreve High freshman soccer player Tucker Davis did not realize he would be a part of that statistic when he put on his cleats and took the field for a varsity game in January.

Tucker’s mom, Karen, remembered watching that game from the stands.

"The game was going great. We were winning. It was cold and it was wet. It had been raining all day, like hideously raining all day,” Karen said. “Tucker was running down toward their goal and another player and him literally crashed shoulders together.”

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Tucker and the other player collided, causing the young soccer player’s collarbone to snap in half.

“Everything just seemed blank at that point. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was really scared for the future.”

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Quickly, Tucker was swarmed by athletic trainers and coaches.

Referees stopped the game immediately.

CHRISTUS athletic trainer Aaron Courville knew instantly Davis was in a lot of pain.

“It didn’t take a whole lot of assessing to know that he had probably fractured his collarbone. I said ‘You’re probably going to need an X-ray’.”

Courville, who’s part of a group of sports medicine professionals funded by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, quickly assessed the injury and hurried Tucker off to the hospital.

His quick response helped Tucker get the medical attention he needed to heal faster.

“Everyone was really amazing and everyone did their part," Tucker said. "They got me back and I’m all good now.”

Now Tucker, who is fully recovered, has what doctors call a bionic shoulder. It’s held together by metal screws.

“It’s pretty crazy. We had the option later on in the year if we want to remove it. I don’t want to remove it. I think it’s really cool.”

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