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Injured East Henderson athlete helps others during recovery

A routine pivot on the basketball court in November led to a Lisfranc foot injury for East Henderson High's Deanna McCrary. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A routine pivot on the basketball court in November led to a Lisfranc foot injury for one East Henderson High player.

That eventually required 17-year-old Deanna McCrary to undergo surgery for ligament suturing and a screw insertion between bones.

"When I got hurt, I was like, 'Well, here's an opportunity to go help out other people while I'm hurt and tell a story,'" McCrary said.

Now, the banged-up junior is part of the extracurricular Pardee Sports Medicine program on the high school campus.

Participants learn to help treat classmates' injuries.

"We teach the basics of athletic training, prevention and care, and we also teach them how to be professionals," explained Dwayne Durham, director of Pardee Sports Medicine.

And, in McCrary's case, how to bounce back.

"The next step is physical therapy," Deanna's mom, Donna McCrary, said. "She will have six to eight weeks of physical therapy to rebuild those muscles that have atrophied and working her way back to athletic condition."

"I should be able to start jogging in June and doing more agility work in July and, hopefully, be cleared sometime in August," Deanna added.

Which will be just in time for volleyball season.

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