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THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
By Kayla Reese
My name is Kayla Reese, I’ve grown up playing lacrosse and it has always been my dream to play in college. Lacrosse has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My senior year at West Babylon High School I was having one of my best seasons until the most devastating thing happened to me. Within the first ten minutes of a game early on in our season I tore my ACL and meniscus. I never expected this to happen to me and it was so disappointing considering it was my senior year and I was playing very well in the beginning of the season. I got surgery two weeks after I was injured and started physical therapy two days after surgery. Since lacrosse is such a huge part of my life I was dying to just get back on the field and play with the girls I’ve grown up playing with and help them make it to the county finals. I never expected myself to make so much improvement in so little time at physical therapy.
My physical therapist Butch had me off crutches and walking two weeks after my surgery. I can’t thank Butch enough for all he has done for me from April till August. He had me running at 30% of my body weight 8 weeks after surgery and running at my full body weight 12 weeks after surgery. My surgeon cleared me 3 months after surgery. Even though I was cleared I was still going to physical therapy 3 times a week and working with Butch to get back to playing at my full potential by the time college comes around. While doing physical therapy for my knee Butch also had me doing upper body workouts so I didn’t fall behind the rest of the girls I was going to be playing with in college. Since I’m going to be a freshman at Mercy College and play lacrosse there I have to finish the rest of my physical therapy there before I start playing. I am so excited to be back on the field again doing what I love.
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