The Danger of High Impact Sports

Published: 2018 Panther Yearbook, Page 24

Behind the story: We were brainstorming ideas for the upcoming month, and I pitched the idea that we should cover the journey an athlete has after an injury. But we didn’t have any injured athletes at the moment. About a week after the brainstorm, I caught word that a football player and cheerleader were out for the season. After getting there contact information, it was a waiting game for them to have surgery and heal.

Another Day, Another Injury

As soon as student athletes start dressing out, coaches, trainers, managers and parents are on standby for the next injury.

“If you look at national statistics, one out of ten student athletes will have a significant time loss injury in the course of a school year,” athletic trainer Jason Cates said.   

One such student is strong safety sophomore Isaac Monroe. At the Football Frenzy when attempting to make a tackle, the play didn’t go as planned.

“As soon as I hit the receiver, I felt everything in my left knee shift,” Monroe said.

An MRI on his left knee revealed that he had torn his meniscus, shredded his ACL and fractured his tibia. An injury this severe meant he would need surgery and be out for the entire season.

For four months after his surgery, Monroe went to physical therapy daily during seventh period instead of attending football practice.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to get back on the field after surgery,” Monroe said.

Monroe hopes to continue his football career in the spring of next season.

Senior cheerleader Riley Eakin was also out for the football season after suffering a broken collar bone when a flyer fell onto her shoulder while basing a hitch-kick basket.

“It was sad to hear that I was out for the rest of football season due to a minor accident,” Eakin said.

She was put into an elevated sling with limited mobility to support her shoulder and collarbone. After two weeks in the sling, Eakin’s bone grew back together which meant surgery wasn’t necessary, and she would only need six weeks of physical therapy. She went on to cheer the full season of basketball games.

Even though it is unfortunate when a student experiences serious injury, it is encouraging to see an athlete successfully complete the recovery process.

“There is no better feeling than to have been the first to greet an athlete on the sidelines after they return to play,” Cates said.


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