Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Larue Barnes

April 29, 2012

Larue Barnes: Feels it in his bones

When orthopedic surgeon and water enthusiast Brad Harman was given the opportunity to join the medical staff of USA Water Ski he jumped at it ... feet first.


Autographed action photos of water skiers on the walls of Dr. Brad Harman’s office interested me.

I learned that his love for the water has splashed into his career.

The Cleburne orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician has traveled internationally as a USA Water Ski Team physician since 2005. 

“I’ve accompanied the team to the world competitions and international events in France, Italy, Germany, Chile, Peru, and Mexico, so far,” Harman said.

The team is headquartered outside of Orlando, Fla.

“After I graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and served my internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Scott and White Memorial Hospital and Texas A&M Health Science Center at Temple, I decided to do a sports medicine fellowship at UTMS-Houston,” Harman said.

“As part of my training I worked with various sports teams in Houston — all athletics at Rice University and the NFL Houston Texans football team. A lot of time was involved with commitment to sports teams like that.

“I completed an application form to join the medical staff at USA Water Ski because I love the sport and my commitment is seasonal. It doesn’t interfere with my time for my patients or disrupt my practice here in Cleburne. We three staff physicians share the international travel.”

He smiled when I asked him if he had ever competed in the past.

“I enjoy the sport, but I am a rookie and am not anywhere near good enough to compete. There’s no way I could do what they do. They are really elite athletes and have to win many events to get to team trials from which four members are selected to represent the U.S. for competition. Then there are five to 10 individual competitors that accompany the team. Events are slalom, ski trick and ski jumping. The World Games are their equivalent to the Olympics, since water skiing is not a part of the Summer Games.

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