LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Blade Wise-Perry was playing in a scrimmage at the start of this football season when he landed wrong on his ankle.
"I was in shock," Wise-Perry said. "It didn't hurt. I knew something was wrong, but it didn't hurt so I just thought it was nothing."
He fractured a bone and tore a ligament in his left ankle.
Following surgery, he's now watching from the sidelines, hoping to join them in five weeks.
"It really is tough, you know, because at the time, when I'm practicing I would want to get out, but actually watching them is like I love being tired, I love being out there," Wise-Perry said.
Dr. Jackson Wagnon says players like Wise-Perry make it the busiest time of year.
"Once football season starts, both the practices and football and Angelina College gears up, SFA gears up, so we have a lot of injuries starting this time of year," Wagnon said.
Wagnon's office holds a sports clinic every Monday at 8 a.m. for high school and college players injured over the weekend.
Anywhere from from two to eight injuries come in on Monday alone.
"Football we see a lot of knee injuries, hip injuries, ankle injuries, shoulders," Wagnon said.
For more than 20 years he's been treating players across Deep East Texas. He's seen enough to know what helps prevent injuries.
"The stretching is important, mentally focusing on your position, what you're doing, the workouts as far as physical workouts, if you're healthy and strong, your flexible, you have less injuries," Wagnon said.
The senior nose tackle says players should speak up.
"Try to do everything to stop the injury," Wise-Perry said. "If you're hurting, let people know because when it happened to me no one seemed to believe me."
For now, number 68 will stand by his team, waiting for the day he can join them again.
"It's a part of me," he said.