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Motocross rider gets 'back on the horse'

Motocross rider Trey Canard suffered from a spinal cord injury during a race Jan. 21, 2012. Through rehab with Mercy's director of sports medicine and physical therapy, the 22-year-old Shawnee man competed in his first race since the accident on Jan. 5 and finished second.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Published: January 27, 2013

When Canard first went to Huslig for treatment, he was still suffering from numbness in his thigh, limiting his mobility. Huslig said he worked closely with Canard, individualizing his treatment and worked to strengthen his core to help him return to riding.

“I wanted to continue to race, but I wasn't sure if that was a smart thing or a good thing or the right thing to do, but I told Dave that I really want to do this and asked if I could do it. He told me yeah, I could do it but that I may never be the same,” Canard said.

Having a goal

In October, Canard went from rehabbing to training.

“It was always a very positive experience working with Trey,” Huslig said. “Treating athletes like Trey, you need to know where you are going, and Trey knew specifically what he needed to do to reach the goal of being an elite motocross athlete.”

Mercy's sports medicine and physical therapy department is one of the practices that are expanding into the new Mercy Edmond location, 2107 W Interstate 35 Frontage Rd.

In the 750-square-foot sports medicine area of the wellness facility, it will have three pools, an artificial turf floor, a 60-meter, two-lane track, motion-video analysis, and a 70-foot-long cage for throwing and golfing athletes to give athletes an individualized approach for athletes' treatments, Huslig said.

Canard said he is grateful to Huslig and others in the Mercy sports medicine department for helping him push himself.

“I give all the credit to God,” Canard said. “God put me in this position, hopefully for His glory, and hopefully with this story, this injury and with REvival41 (a documentary about Canard's recovery). That is my encouragement, it gives me the ability to have faith that everything is going to be all right and it is happening for a good reason. It gives me a little bit of extra strength to go back out there.”

To learn more about Canard's accident and rehab, visit