Josh Culver Fights To Return To The Sidelines

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Mercer County Senior High School Girl’s Soccer Head Coach Josh Culver practices walking during a physical therapy appointment earlier this month.

Sam Warren

Herald Staff

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Josh Culver, head coach of the Mercer County Senior High School girl’s soccer program, is on a difficult road to recovery following a severe accident this past September. The head-on accident happened while Culver was on his way to the Mercer County school bus, which was preparing to leave for the team’s matchup against Montgomery County.

Culver received injuries to his pelvis, spine, left leg and pinky. He was taken by helicopter for treatment. It has not been easy for Culver and his family. However, he has found some motivation in his players’ commitment to the sport they love and their head coach.

“Since the time of the accident, I have had players continue to check on me and my progress. It is a constant motivator to me that, not only am I working on getting back to myself for my family, friends and work, but I’m also getting better for the team,” said Culver.

Culver said a month ago he couldn’t roll over in his hospital bed. Now, the five-year coach is able to stand up with a walker and will soon be taking steps in his physical therapy.

“The progress within the past month has been mind-blowing and I truly owe it to the therapists who have pushed me to get this far. Everything I’m being told is, a full recovery from my injuries takes about a year. However, I’m pushing myself every day to try and cut that time frame down,” said Culver.

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