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Being Injured: One Player’s Story

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Being Injured: One Player’s Story

Steve McGauley

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The story of my season

 

       This wrestling season, I had very high expectations coming in, I trained all summer, wrestling in duels, tournaments, lifting, etc. I was looking very good, winning most of my matches, placing in tournaments, even received compliments from my coach with how well I was wrestling. Days and weeks went by, then it was November 23rd, Thanksgiving, every wrestlers least favorite holiday, The reason for this is because when you wrestle, The season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. So during that holiday, everyone in your family is happy, eating their Thanksgiving dinner, and your sitting there not able to eat, starving because you know wrestling is coming up. So I did not eat much at all during Thanksgiving, only some Turkey.

      The first team practice was that Monday. Everyone was happy to see each other, we wrestled for two hours, then after practice we had to weigh ourselves, at that point I weighed 160 pounds, I decided that I wanted to drop down to 152, only about 8 pounds so it’s simple. I went for a run, sat in a sauna, ate tuna and drank water. I gradually lost weight, After practice Tuesday I weighed myself again, 154. Wow I lost 6 pounds, Huge gain for me, I was so excited for this season, but I did not know what was in store for me coming up. That night, I went home, drank water and sat in my sauna then took a hot shower after. The next day I did not eat anything and I weighed myself before practice, 153. Wow I only have one pound to lose, I got this. The practice started, coach broke the room up by weight, heavier kids go d

o stairs, lighter kids wrestle live. Stairs are the worst, we run up and down the stairs for ten minutes, it’s exhausting. After a long ten minutes, it was time to wrestle. After being tired from stairs we now had to wrestle for ten minutes, which feels like forever. My partner were in neutral wrestling and I shot a single, of course my partner reacted and went to defend, when he put his weight on top of me my foot was caught in the mat then I heard snap. Whole room went silent, everyone stopped wrestling because they knew what just happened. My screaming in pain gave everyone the hint that something serious just happened.

       Coach Pfister came running over asking if I was okay, I said that I think I broke my ankle. Coach sat me against the wall and then immediately called the trainer. Once Doc arrived he took my shoe off and was asking me questions and I replied that I felt a snap and Doc said that there’s a possibility that my ankle is broken. Coach called my Mom and told her the news and she immediately came to the school. Doc got a wheelchair and brought me to his room. My mom arrived and asked what happened I told her. Doc carried me into my car and off to the doctor. I got X rayed on my ankle and it turns out that it broke, in the X ray you can see where the bone just snapped right in half. Well then I knew that my season was over before it ever started. I called my Coach and told him the news, he was heartbroken, as was I. I took about a week off of school, to practice on my knee scooter and go to the doctor and see what he had to say. My Doctor’s appointment was that Friday, he said my season’s done and he gave me a boot. My Dad was pretty much crying at that point as was I.

      When I finally got back to school things were tough, Not being able to walk, was horrible. Like needing assistance to get around was not fun at all and it was also a big struggle. I started going to practice, to watch and talk to my coach and teammates. Coach Pfister asked me to train the managers and teach them the point system and how everything works. So at least I contributed to the team in some way. Watching matches was depressing though. Watching everyone wrestle when you can’t be out there contributing to wins. I was still very involved with the team though, even though I was hurt, I helped with JV tournaments, helped the managers, sat with the team on the bench and I also went to practice everyday. My tip to every athlete is, be careful when playing your sport, injuries are offill. They’re painful and you miss out on a lot. During the time I was on crutches, I fell multiple times, hurt myself, that’s why I got a knee scooter. Hopefully I get a letter in wrestling this year because I was still very involved. Hopefully this never happens again, and I hope for better things next season.

 

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