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Coach G instructing his wrestlers

Coach G Is Back Doing the Activities He Loves

John Gramuglia has a very specific coaching style. As head wrestling coach at Wadsworth High School, Coach G likes to get down on the mat to show his wrestlers the right techniques. “Wrestling is a hands-on sport,” he says. “The athletes respect you if you can show them the various moves.” 

Coach G’s ability to demonstrate the right techniques was hampered by chronic hip pain. His ability to do the simplest of tasks, such as putting on his socks and tying his shoes, had also become a struggle.  An X-ray determined that he had arthritis in his right hip.

Coach G was referred to Dr. Douglas Chonko, a Summa Orthopaedic joint specialist. Dr. Chonko said Coach G was a candidate for hip replacement surgery. 

Once wrestling season ended in 2009, Dr. Chonko performed hip replacement surgery at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. The following day Coach G was working with the physical therapists of Summa Rehabilitation Services. He worked hard to become mobile after surgery because he knew it was important to a successful outcome. He was discharged two days after surgery walking with a cane and continued his physical therapy twice a week and performed his home exercises.

Today, Coach G is able to coach his way – showing his wrestlers how to be successful. “I am confident about getting down and showing intricate wrestling moves.” 

He says the care he received at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital was outstanding – from Dr. Chonko to the nurses and physical therapists. “The whole process was a good experience, from beginning to end.”