Story by: Rebekah Hibbert, MS, ATC on November 1, 2016
If you’ve been paying attention to the World Series you know the return of the Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber is nothing short of remarkable. Schwarber tore his ACL in April. It was a gruesome-looking injury that was expected to end his season. Not only has he returned to the lineup, he’s delivered some big hits that helped the Cubs win game 2.
I’ve suffered three torn ACLs (they’re no fun!), and I’ve worked as an athletic trainer with countless athletes helping them rehabilitate from the injury. These experiences make me appreciate even more what Schwarber had to do – and has been able to do – these past 6 months to prepare himself to return in such a short amount of time.
While you watch the World Series tonight and see Schwarber at the plate, here a few things to keep in mind about what he went through:
While Schwarber’s accomplishment should be a source of inspiration, it’s important to understand everyone is different. Every injury is different. Whether it takes you 6 months or a year to return, make sure you do it safely with the guidance of your physician and your sports medicine team. Push yourself when you can, be smart when you need to be, and trust that the process and the people involved in it to get you back to your ultimate goal, returning to your sport.
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