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What It’s Like to be Injured at Holderness

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Before coming to Holderness the most intense injury I ever had was a broken nose. Last year, towards the end of January, I tore my ACL and meniscus while participating in a Lakes Region School Freestyle competition. Initially, it wasn’t nearly as much pain as I expected, and to be honest, a little part of me was excited to see what having a big deal injury was like. This pain-free excitement wore off quickly as the agonizing recovery and extensive limitations set into place.

 

Having the ski season ripped away from me was a huge bummer, but I saw the increase of free time as a silver lining. This turned out not to be true. Every day, I began to visit the Athletic Trainer’s office, performing tedious physical therapy exercises to maintain and build as much muscle as possible before surgery. During spring break, I had the reconstructive surgery. Coming back to school four days later was tough, having to adjust the time I left for class or other events to accommodate for the time it took me to crutch across campus and sitting uncomfortably in desk chairs. This injury took me out of the remainder of the winter sports period, along with spring and fall sports. But this was not the end.

 

This year, after finally getting cleared for skiing, I had four days back out on the mountain before I fell again, breaking my collarbone badly enough that I needed another surgery. This new injury has once again taken me out of winter sports.

 

With the great influx of free time that being injured offers you, there is not much to do at school. Since I missed midterms from breaking my collarbone, my free time upon coming back from winter break was spent studying and taking these tests. Midterms are difficult enough on their own, but having to take them while taking five classes and having to complete my homework for each of these as well was incredibly time consuming and stressful. Now I am left with immense amounts of free time, with limited options of how to fill it.

 

I think Holderness needs to make sure it stays aware of how injured students struggle to recover from lost school time, offering help when needed, but also offering optional activities for students ward off boredom during their free time. 

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