A Letter To The Injured Kids
Start writing a post
Sports

A Letter To The Injured Kids

Things may not always go your way, but you have to keep going.

19
A Letter To The Injured Kids
Bill Adams

This is not how you expected your season to go.

One minute you're on top of the world. The star player. You're doing everything right. You work hard in practice, eat right, and stay on top of your homework. Just when it seems that you're on top of the world...BAM! You fall right back down.

As someone who has had her fair share of major injuries, I understand what you're going through. Let me tell you a little story. Sophomore year of high school, everything was going right. I had qualified for state swimming for the second year in a row and placed in the top fifteen. My good luck kept rolling when I was placed on the varsity basketball team. During the last game of the season, the one that would determine if we went to state, I was cutting across the lane to catch the ball. I landed on my left leg and pivoted. Only, my leg didn't twist. Instead, it felt like my femur kept moving forward while the lower part of my leg stayed in place. Taking my weight off my leg meant traveling, which meant turning the ball over. I was surprised by this call, I never travel. But my coach was motioning for me to come out, so I attempted to jog to the bench as the game continued. The trainer took me to the hallway and checked me out. He told me that I was good, he didn't think anything was wrong with my knee.

I went back in the game.

Third quarter now, I was on defense. It didn't take long before I tried to move quickly to cut off the girl I was guarding when it happened again. This time, as I limped off the court, I knew there was no going back in the game. I watched, helpless, as my team struggled to pull out a win. As time ran out, I realized my knee didn't hurt nearly as bad as that nine-point loss.

Two weeks later, after a few doctors visits, X-rays and an MRI, I finally had the news. I had torn my ACL. Surgery was scheduled, and I began the long road to recovery.

At first, everything was happening in leaps and bounds. One day, I could bend my knee thirty degrees. Two days later, I could bend it to ninety. That was the easy part. As the weeks dragged on, my progress slowed down, and it became harder and harder to motivate myself through leg raises and knee bends. When I was finally taken off crutches, it took days for me to relearn how to walk.

From there it only got harder. I was in a race against the clock, praying that I would be ready by the time my junior year seasons started. I worked straight through the summer, building back my ability to run, single leg squat, lunge, and cut. Everything felt like I was doing it for the first time. The only thing that kept me going was the promise that I would play again, and I would play again soon.

Stating it bluntly, being injured sucks. I know that, and you know that. There are days when it seems like you'll never play again. It's so important that you push on regardless. Someday, you will be better. You will play again. I went through many ups and downs in the nine months it took me to be fully cleared again. I know the journey seems daunting, but it is your passion and dedication that will get you through.

Wanna know what my reward was for all that hard work? I missed state swimming my junior year by half of a second. I was bumped down to JV on the basketball team after I was finally cleared to play, and at the start of track, I re-tore my ACL and my meniscus in warm up. The real cherry on top was being told I couldn't compete in any sport my senior year.

The point of this is that things may not always go your way, but you have to keep going. For every bad thing that happens, good things will follow. Don't lose hope. I kept pushing, fighting to play something again. In the end, I said goodbye to basketball. The saying is true that when one door closes a window is opened. I'm happy to report that today, just over two years since my last ACL surgery, I am happy and successful at swimming in college.

I know you didn't ask for this. Believe me, no one does. But part of bettering yourself is pushing through the tough times. You can do this. I want you to know that you are not alone. You have your families, friends, and teams behind you. You also have me. Someone who's been through the tunnel and seen the light on the other side. Someone you may not know, but are connected to in this strange way. I believe in you.

Good luck. I'll be cheering for you.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Sex And The Church

A letter to fellow believers.

217
Amanda Hayes

I know many of you just read that title and thought it was scandalous to see something so “risque” in the same setting as something holy. Well guess what – sex is part of that. Everyone seems to think they are separate, which makes since because most people treat them as though they are complete polar opposites. Shall we think this through?

Keep Reading... Show less
Tumblr

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

An open letter to my father

What you did sounds dumb to me

1961
An open letter to my father
The Truth About My Parents' Divorce

Considering im 18 now & you're one of the best men i've ever met since you have a child; me. I want you to know that I love you, more than anyone, I love you. I don't forgive you for the way you hurt my mother. I'm hurt because you broke our family. Thing went down hill the day you found Laquita. You we're distant & shortly after my mother turned into the coldest, saddest women to walk past me. She's my best friend & so are you. Not one day goes by where I don't wonder what she did wrong. How on earth could you trade your family & the women who loved you unconditionally for a home wrecker? Sounds dumb to me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

2543
Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

Whether you admit it or not, that tiny town will always have your heart.

2063
The Odyssey

1. You still talk to people that you went to elementary school with.

These are the people you grew up with and the people you graduated high school with. The faces you see in kindergarten are the same faces you’ll see for the rest of your life.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments