Personal Narrative Essay: An Athlete's Worst Nightmare

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An Athlete’s Worst Nightmare
Imagine you are going along playing the sport you love, when all of a sudden you hear a pop, your knee gives out, and you are on the ground in pain. This happened to me not once, but twice. After going to the doctor both times, they figured out I tore my ACL. The ACL is like a rubber band that holds your knee together enabling you to bend, jump, cut, and run. Without it, your knee could give out at any given time. The first time I experienced it, I was playing soccer in P.E. The second time I was playing volleyball. I had to have knee reconstruction surgery after both. The second time I had the reconstruction surgery plus fixing my meniscus. Tearing an ACL is a very vigorous process. Following surgery,
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In high school, it can seem like the most important thing in life. I, fortunately, was involved in many other activities to fill up my time. I could not play volleyball my sophomore or junior year. This really upset me because I love the sport. While sitting on the side lines, I had a decision to make: sit here bitterly and wish I could be playing, feeling sorry for myself, or cheer my team on and try to be a positive impact on them. I chose the latter, to cheer for my team and have a positive impact on them. This was difficult at first because I was so confused why it happened to me, especially the second time. Then people started commenting on how strong I was and how they did not understand how I could be so positive about such a sucky situation. I then realized that I was appearing stronger than I thought. This was my encouragement to stay strong. The first time I tore my ACL, I worked really hard to get back. Volleyball was my inspiration. I had to have another surgery because my body rejected the screw they put in during surgery. This made my come back even tougher. I did not let it stop me. That is when I went up to the Fieldhouse in Sioux Falls. I had to gain back 4 cm of leg muscle. While this does not seem like a lot, it was very difficult. I worked on single leg strengthening every day, all summer. I finally got the okay to play volleyball by the …show more content…
About every Tuesday and Thursday, I have to find time out of my day to attend physical therapy. Right after surgery, I had to go three times a week. This was more difficult because he is only in George Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I had to drive all the way to Rock Rapids. These sessions sometimes take up to an hour. Sometimes I am not able to have lunch because I would rather miss that than class. I also have doctor appointments in Sioux Falls about once a month. Another way it has affected me was that right after surgery I had to miss about a week and half to two weeks of school. After that, I was only able to come about half days due to my stamina being down due to all my pain. I had to work extra hard to catch back up to everyone else. I had to do this twice. Over all this was a negative affect at first look, but after I thought about it, I realized it has made me stronger. I had to work hard and put 110% effort into my school work, which then I carried out throughout the rest of the

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