Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Pekarek healing from hip surgery

Football coach eager to return to sideline

July 14, 2005

Bill Pekarek is eager to return to the sidelines for Lansing High football games this fall.

Pekarek, the LHS head football coach, will find it significantly more comfortable to walk the sidelines after having hip replacement surgery on June 17.

Pekarek had debated having his left hip replaced for about four years because arthritis pain made it difficult to walk. Finally, he said, he decided to have it fixed.

"I know in the job that I have, I've got to be able to move around better and I was tired of limping and tired of hurting," he said.

An avid golfer, Pekarek said the pain in his hip made it difficult to play golf. He also coaches the LHS golf team, but the pain forced him to ride in a cart rather than walk at tournaments this spring.

"I'd get out to play golf and it would start bothering me after about three holes," he said.

Although he was skeptical at first about having surgery, Pekarek said the pain in his hip disappeared almost instantly after the procedure.

"I don't have pain any more," he said. "That was the first thing I noticed. The pain I used to have in the hip area is gone, so that's good."

Pekarek has spent most of the past three weeks on crutches and he has three weeks to go before he will be cleared to walk - just in time for football.

The Lions went 8-3 last year and lost to Holton in the regional playoffs. Most of that squad will return this fall, including players at every key skill position.

"I'm excited about this upcoming year," he said. "I think we've got a lot of good kids coming back. We feel like we should have a year like we had last year, or maybe better. Most of our kids have been working pretty hard in the weight room and are excited about it. We're pretty excited about what's coming up."

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