What were the first stages of rehab like?
“Pretty rough. The first two weeks, I put my leg in a machine that would move my knee up and down. Then the physical therapy started, and I came back to school three weeks late.”
Did you avoid field hockey that fall, or were you able to be around the team?
“I still came to all of the games and practices. I just couldn’t play.”
When did you start to feel like you could play again?
“It was a good six months before I could run again. At the end of the season, I started to jog. I didn’t start playing until the end of spring of my sophomore year.”
Did you feel awkward on the field at first?
“It was definitely an adjustment getting back out there, but it felt good.”
Was there ever a moment during your rehab when you wanted to give up?
“I never really wanted to give up. It was definitely hard to get back in shape. It was a really long recovery, but I was motivated enough to keep going. This summer, I worked really hard to get back in shape.”
Was there a particular exercise that helped your recovery the most?
“The hardest thing was just running. I didn’t run for six months, so getting back to that was difficult.”
Do you feel like you’re back to 100 percent?
“Yes, I do.”