With the amount of sports injuries on the rise at UAHS, athletes must learn to adjust the consequences of their afflictions

By Katie Hoskett, ’13 and Emma Klebe, ’13

After days of agonizing hip pain, junior Cody Pfister finally broke down. He had just run through a football routine and went to make a cut when he collapsed on the turf. His hip had popped. Struggling to get up and unable to walk, Cody realized the seriousness of his injury, one that would affect the rest of his season.

Pfister, a varsity football player for UAHS, was about to endure a season of hopeful recovery. Realizing he separated a growth plate from his hip, Pfister was left with a large fracture—leaving him hobbling on crutches and unable to play football for six weeks after the initial impairment to his hip.

Because he’s familiar with sports injuries, Pfister believes his hip injury may be the most serious and hardest to come back from.

“I’ve had concussions before, but never to the extent of this injury,” Pfister said. “I start physical therapy here soon and depending on how that goes I should be back in the swing of things in the near future.”

Stephanie Cepec, UAHS assistant sports trainer, suggested numerous rehab options to injured student athletes.

“With some injuries all we can do is rest, but if it’s a muscle pull we can use ice, heat and electric modalities,” Cepec said.

According to Cepec, growth plate hip injuries aren’t neccessarily bad for athletes in the long run. Depending on the extent of the injury, the muscle actually grows back with stronger tissue than before, she explained.

Depending on the extent of the hip injury, the amount of healing time varies. Yet, Cepec noted that football injuries prove different.

“With football, hip injuries are generally going to take somewhere from 6-8 weeks [to heal],” Cepec said.

This six week healing time caused Pfister to lose time in the season. Not only did he miss out on games, he was unable to practice with the team and improve with his other teammates. He did attend practice to watch, but was not able to play.

Cepec says there is no true way to avoid all future injuries. However, there are ways athletes can lessen the chance of one occuring.

“The best thing you can do is just stay in good physical condition and make sure you’re in shape,” Crepec advised.

Pfister became an observer from the sidelines, but from this, he began to learn from his injury and all the while kept a positive outlook.

“I know I’ll come back stronger because I know how much it sucks to be injured,” Pfister said. “When I do come back, I feel like I’ll appreciate being healthier so much more and make the best of it.”

Although injuries normally have a negative impact on athletes, it is possible for them to learn from their injuries and actually take something positive away from the experience.

Pfister gained a valuable lesson from his injury. As an avid athlete, he appreciates athletics more now than ever before.

“Hopefully when I do get back, I can use my injury to my advantage and play harder than ever, ” he said.