Article by: Georgina Pekin
Most people can empathize with those who are suffering injuries. Whether one has been injured through rugby, dance, or tripping down the stairs, almost everyone shares the common experience of the pain and disadvantage that comes with any injury.
Being part of any athletic program inevitably presents the risk of injury, and the ISM sports teams are no exception. Many of our top athletes have struggled with both minor injuries like rolled ankles, as well as possibly more major issues such as a torn ACL or broken bones. However, injuries take a toll on more than just the physical body. Especially when one is part of a sports team, injuries can make or break an IASAS athlete, spark arguments, and alter team morale. Bamboo Telegraph has interviewed both athletes and coaches to find out about how they deal with injuries, and what it takes for a team to push through a season and come out on top despite the hindrances of injuries.
Aj B, junior and three-season IASAS athlete is currently suffering one of the most dreaded injuries ISM student athletes have, a torn ACL. The “anterior cruciate ligament” is an important stabilizer of the knee-joint, restraining hyperextension. An overstretched, or torn ACL can usually put an athlete out for a minimum of six months. Aj tore both his ACL and MCL last year during fourth season soccer training. He states, “The toughest mental aspect of an injury like this is probably watching all my friends and teammates having fun participating in the sports I love to play.” He also adds that he misses “The relationships I make with new people within teams, and competing together against other schools and clubs.” For students who are so passionate about athletics, injuries can feel painstakingly long, and really make athletes appreciate the simple ability of being able to move freely. Aj also told BT that though it can be difficult to be so patient, he knows the importance of proper rehabilitation, and will hopefully be ready for his next season as soon as possible.
Mr. Wislang, coach of the varsity touch team, gave BT insight into the coaches’ perspectives of dealing with players with injuries. He explained to BT that the “players already know the significance of a teammate getting seriously injured, so we quickly work out how we are going to cope or deal with the situation that we are left with.” As with most things, injuries are situational, and the coaches help to make the best decisions for whether or not their players can play on. Mr. Wislang had experience with this a few years ago with Sierra L. He says, “She broke her arm in the second to last week of training. We knew that it was likely that she would be out of IASAS, but we decided not to replace her because of the contributions that she could make off the field… in the end, she played with a broken arm in a cast and was still AMAZING!” This just shows the fighting spirit of some of our top Bearcat athletes, and teams and players working cohesively to come out strong as ever.