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Jackson Magazine September 2014 : Page 5

of the benefits of Cortright’s teaching quickly spread throughout the athletic community. Today, the program serves between 200 and 300 student athletes at 12 high schools. “The best thing about my job is that I can have an impact on kids and help them enjoy sports and stay injury-free,” said Cortright, who helps students become stronger athletes by teaching them the proper mechanics of running and jumping. “I can help improve their tolerance level in sports, which influences their future and can prepare them for college.” Cortright enjoys splitting his time between his athletic trainer responsibilities and as a Sports Performance Coach at Optimal Performance Specialists (a subsidiary of ORS), helping therapy patients get back to running, jumping or any activities that bring joy to daily living while being pain-free. He also works one-on-one with athletes who strive to become better at their sport. “When people come to Tyler with injuries, he does everything he can to accelerate their recovery and return them to the highest level of function,” said Amy Chamberlain, Director of Administration and Director of Sports Medicine at ORS. “No matter what his athletes’ or patients’ goals are, he strives to help them reach those goals and often helps them achieve more than they thought they could.” Cortright is a health care angel with many talents. With co-worker Matt Draper, also Assistant Director of Sports Medicine at ORS, Cortright developed the website for Optimal Performance Specialists. For eight years, he also taught basketball fundamentals to fourth-through sixth-grade boys in a junior pro basketball league and looked after them at weekend tournaments. / September 2014 u 5

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