Injured Athletes

Kayla Johnson, Reporter

     Injury is one of the most common and feared occurrences among many DC Everest student athletes during their sport’s season. According to athletic trainer, Aaron Bestul, at least 80 athletic injuries from August 2019 to present.

    Sports generating the most injuries are football and basketball. A higher number of athletes participating in a sport will result in more injuries, which is a main reason why football and basketball have so many injuries. 

   Common injuries depend on the type of sport; typical basketball injuries are in the lower body such as knee problems and rolling ankles while common hockey injuries are in the upper body region such as shoulder problems and hand slashes.

     When asked about the education about injury provided to the students, Mr. Bestul said he focuses on “education from a prevention standpoint”. He also educates students on how to help recover quicker and tips to ease their recovery.

     Despite the precautions and education to prevent injury, it still inevitably occurs. And when it does, the reaction from the supervisor is key to preventing the athletes from panicking. 

     “Keep a calm approach. People will feed off of your energy, so if you’re panicked they’ll get even more panicked,” said Mr. Bestul.

     Injuries can be a season ender for some athletes, but it is more likely that they will come back when they have recovered rather than quit the sport. A cross country and track and field athlete, Brooke Thompson, said she didn’t quit her sport after her injury because she “knew that all the extra work would pay off in the end.”

     It takes extra effort to recover from an injury. Can also be discouraging for an injured athlete to see their teammates improve and get recognized for their achievements while they remain behind the scenes to recover. When injured, sitting on the sidelines, training separately and practicing rather than participating in events makes it easy to feel excluded from the team.

     “Everyone has their problems that they need to face,” said Thompson.

     Every athlete faces challenges they strive to overcome; some athletes may be trying to set a new personal record. For injured athletes, they work to recover from their injury.

     “It can get difficult to show up to practice when you can’t see the improvement, but you know that you still have to go and you are making some recovery,” Thompson said. 

     Retaining motivation to attend practice can be difficult for some athletes with injury. Most athletes facing injuries can understand that it is just another obstacle to face; if they strongly enjoy their sport and the injury is not permanent, then their efforts of recovery will likely pay off.