One of the worst things that can happen to an athlete is getting injured. Whether it’s something that can be healed in a few days, or a few months, it’s the worst feeling. Not just because you might be in pain, but because you’re unable to continue playing your sport for period of time. I can tell you firsthand, there is nothing more mentally and physically challenging than getting injured. Unfortunately for me, mine have been more long-term injuries. Yes, injures…plural. I’ve torn my ACL three separate times in my life. For those of you who don’t know what an ACL is, let me enlighten you. The ACL is a key ligament that helps stabilize your knee. It connects the thigh bone to your shin bone. And for some reason, female athletes tear their ACL far more often than male athletes in certain sports do. So how do you fix it? Well, that includes knee surgery followed by 6-8 months of grueling physical therapy. I mean, I did get some pretty cool knee scars out of it. But overall, it was not a fun time. However, it did teach me some valuable lessons. Like although it may seem like it, getting hurt isn’t the end of the world. I mean at first, I definitely thought it was. I was pretty miserable and angry, especially after the third time. I kept thinking, why me? There are people who play sports and never get hurt, but it just seemed like a common occurrence for me. But after you get over the self-pitying, you start to realize that you’re gonna survive. There are far worst things in the world, and far worse injuries. For instance, some athletes suffer from freak accidents while playing and end up being paralyzed. Or, like former Pittsburgh Penguins player, Pascal Dupuis, have things happen to them that are totally out of their control. Forcing them to give up their longtime love, the game. So if you’re feeling a little upset about your situation, take the time to read this article from Dupuis himself.
1. “Get on the line”
2.”Do it again”
3. “Your name” *at the top of coach’s lungs*
4. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING???”
5. Closely followed by…… “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???”
6. “If you don’t pick it up, we’re doing sprints”
7. “6 a.m. workouts tomorrow morning”
8. “I’m disappointed in you guys”
9. “You’re too young to be tired or sore”
10. “It’s optional but you need to be there”
Being a student athlete, your schedule seems to never end. Here’s a quick run through for those of you who don’t know what it’s like. First, you have your dreaded 6 a.m. sprints, followed by some classes. Then you have to make your way to the gym to workout. After, it’s time to squeeze in some lunch. You want the pizza, but you choose the salad instead. Is it time for another class? Yes, it is. Of course, you’re continually battling to stay awake during the lecture. Finally, it’s over. Now, time for practice. Multiple thoughts cross your mind as you walk into the locker room: is coach gonna be happy today? Are we doing sprints? Fast forward two hours and your sore and tired, but too bad. Time to head to the library to work on some homework and meet with your group about your presentation due tomorrow. A few more hours later, you eat some dinner, take a shower, and now it’s time for the best part of your day, relaxing. But don’t get too comfy, because tomorrow you get to wake up and do it all over again.