Josh Feigl feels fortunate that he never had any serious injuries during his successful athletic career.
A back injury, however, did lead to his interest in becoming a physical therapist.
“Thankfully, I never had anything happen like broken bones or surgeries,” said Feigl, a two-time All-America selection at Sandburg. “I did have a back injury where I received therapy and that gave me insight into what therapists do, and I thought it would be a good path for me to follow.”
The 1994 Sandburg graduate earned a Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Evansville, where he also starred for the soccer team.
He’s been the Clinical Director of Flexeon Rehabilitation of Frankfort since 2001 and is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist.
“It’s a neat transition going from being an athlete to working with and treating athletes with injuries,” Feigl said. “It’s kept me in the fold with athletics.”
Feigl led the Purple Aces in scoring two seasons and was the captain twice. He helped Evansville reach the NCAA Tournament twice during his career.
“I’m real happy that I went there,” Feigl said. “I chose the school based on the physical therapy profession I was interested in. It was a Division I school that I thought I could make an impact at in soccer and start as a freshman. I have good memories of being an athlete there. College was a good experience, and I was able to get my Master’s degree out of it.”
Feigl was a captain on Sandburg’s state champion soccer team in 1993. He ranks ninth all-time by the IHSA in career goals with 132.
“My athletic career helps a lot in the aspect of relating to athletes and understanding what they go through,” Feigl said. “I’m able to help them in different stages of their lives, from youth sports, to high school or whatever age. I understand the physical demands.
"I spend a lot of time with coaches to give insight. It’s a huge help to have an inside as an athlete when I counsel athletes, parents and coaches about what it takes for a recovery plan and progression back to playing.”