The combination of renowned faculty and leading-edge equipment make the HPU Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab one of the most unique labs in the country – so much so that it’s attracting visits from professional athletes like NFL player Corvey Irvin of the Dallas Cowboys.
Over the summer, Irvin discovered the HPU lab through his personal trainer while undergoing rehabilitation for a high ankle sprain. He had just been released by the Chicago Bears, but he refused to let the setback end his career.
Instead, he sought the expertise of Dr. Alexis Wright, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Eric Hegedus, founding chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. Wright and Hegedus both hail from Duke University. Hegedus served as an associate professor and immediate past vice-chief in Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, and Wright earned her doctorate of physical therapy there.
Guided by their knowledge, Irvin recovered and became stronger. The professors used an innovative rehabilitation strategy along with specialized equipment, such as the anti-gravity treadmill. Only found in the world’s most state-of-the-art facilities, the treadmill allowed Irvin to run at a small percentage of his body weight without any pain.
Weeks later, the hard work performed in the lab paid off on the field. Irvin signed with the Dallas Cowboys in November and was given a second chance at his NFL career.
Corvey thanked Wright and Hegedus for their clinical expertise, as well as for the dedication to helping him recover and succeed.
“They believed in me,” Irvin said about the HPU faculty members. “They did everything in getting my ankle back strong, getting the range of motion back in it, the flexibility and strengthening it. I would love to train there in the future, and I want to thank them for their support and encouragement throughout the healing process.”
“We are very fortunate at High Point University to have the resources that are on par with a highly talented and motivated professional like Corvey,” says Hegedus. “It was an honor to work with him, and we look forward to seeing him and other local athletes of all skill levels in the lab in the future”