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Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

In the world of sport, health, recreation and increasing healthcare, personal injury is the last thing anyone could ask for for themselves. It’s been almost four years since I broke my ankle to get on the college basketball team. I’ve never been bothered by the onset of sports-related injuries before, but I was always aware of the many obstacles they can cause. Researchers say ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to occur in people who play high-risk sports (basketball, soccer, soccer, volleyball, etc.), whether professionally or recreationally.

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks
Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

According to Jonathan Cluett, M.D., of “Your Guide to Orthopedics,” an ankle sprain occurs when the ankle ligaments are stretched too far or torn as a result of awkward placement of the foot or placing it on uneven surfaces. It happens due to sudden lateral movements or bending of the foot. And because it’s so common, this type of sprain also occurs when the stabilizing tendons that hold the ankle in place are weakened by a lack of warm-up (pre-exercise) or a tight Achilles tendon. The pain from such injuries is said to be almost unbearable, depending on the severity of the injury. My experience with ankle sprains was one of the hardest sports-related injuries I’ve ever had.

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

How it happened was a whole story and taught me a lot about making smart sports decisions. Before I succumbed, it was my desire to make the basketball team and even more so the starting line-up. I was very determined and had the work ethic to make it happen. I would practice every day, sometimes for hours. I spent countless nights alone in the gym practicing my free throws, shots, layups, defensive stands, and most importantly, my ball handling skills.

In addition to my daily regimen and to avoid injury, I had decided not to participate in any pick-up matches unless permitted by the team’s head coach. During this time, members of the varsity team often played pickup games in the main gym after regular practice sessions. I always wanted the opportunity to play with the team and an offensive game would be ideal if I gave it the chance. Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t play any friendlies until the team tryouts, the opportunity to play with the team looked very lucrative. At the very least, I thought, if the team members saw me playing, they could tell the head coach about my skills and finally help me find a spot on audition day.

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

By this time, many men knew my intentions. It was so obvious that; it started to seep out of my pores like almost never used sweat. I wanted to be a part of the team and playing pickup would give me feedback on things I needed to improve to be successful in trials. Moreover, some of them knew me very well, even on a personal level. Needless to say, around 6:30 pm one evening I heard a knock on my door. Back then I was busy doing nothing; just resting in the dormitory and waiting for the hearing day. I was also eager to make a good name for myself among the team members and playing with them was just what I needed.

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks
Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

Mind you, after playing the first two games, some really thought I had a chance to succeed. In fact, I scored about seven points, one of which was three, for my team. The third game lasted about twenty minutes; By now it was around 20:30 and the gym would be closing in a few minutes. We played a total of six games that night; the last of all resulted in a serious injury to my right ankle.

Dreams And Dealing With Setbacks

It surprised me how it happened, which made it even worse. There I was, after I scored, I started walking the field and getting ready to play defense. I unwittingly stepped on my own teammate’s foot, which caused a loud popping sound from the right side of my ankle. The pain was very sharp and sudden. To relieve the pain, I quickly fell to the ground and beat my right leg. At that moment, all I could think was, “Why couldn’t I wait? Oh man, now I really messed up. Even though the pain was unbearable, it made me even more sad to think about how this injury would destroy me. I have a chance to win the team. I cried deeply but without tears. I had to do this because in the gym. all the boys were there and crying over what looked like a slight sprain like a small child would soften me up. I couldn’t say it verbally. But the expression on my face said it all.

After hitting the ground, several members of the team quickly gathered around me; It felt like it was my funeral, and they had all come to wish me a safe journey. Some showed sympathy and reassured me.

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