No Contribution Is Too Small

Katie Glinka, Writer

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girls soccer smallAs a freshman, my parents, teachers, and my older sister all advised me to choose a fall sport as a way to meet new people and feel more comfortable coming into the Upper School. At first, I was skeptical about whether I would like playing soccer and was nervous about my team. However, I chose to play and participated in all of the preseason practices and scrimmages. About two weeks into the start of the actual season, I dislocated my knee during a scrimmage. I’ve never had a sports related injury before the accident, which made it all the more terrifying. At the time, I was only scared about whether I tore my ACL or would need surgery. Thankfully, I did not tear it and would not need surgery. I felt that I was letting my team down by not being able to play. I wanted to be back at practice participating with my team instead of watching them playing games without me. Nonetheless, my team was happy to see me sitting on the bench at all the games.

Sports related injuries are different from other injuries because of the fear they cause after recovery. Getting back out there and trying to play again after hurting yourself can be scary. Even though I did not recover in time to finish out the season, I would love to be able to play again next year. Despite not being able to play through the season, I learned valuable lessons from my team. I learned to be determined and never give up, to make new friends and learn from others, and that no contribution to the team is too small. Sports related injuries can be scary, but they will help you to learn more about yourself and your strengths both physically and mentally.

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