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Junior Has a Year-long Recovery from a Football Injury

[media-credit id=147 align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Junior David Stewart’s life revolved around sports and physical activity. During football season, he popped his shoulder out of place and had to have surgery. Now, in the recovery process, he struggles to adapt to life without sports. He sat down with the Harbinger to talk about the challenges he faces after his surgery.

What is the worst part about the injury?

The worst part was definitely not being able to shower for six weeks–as you could imagine. But, for me, sports and physical activity is my life, it’s what I do all the time. So going from working out every day to just having to sit around — maybe go on a walk every now and then — was very hard to adapt too. I lost my appetite and lost close to 20 pounds.

 What did you do to your shoulder and how did it happen?

During the SMS game, I attempted an arm tackle; consequently, my arm was pulled back and I dislocated my shoulder. When you dislocate your shoulder, you stretch the ligaments holding your shoulder together. Mine didn’t stretch — they ripped in half, along with damage to my labrum and my nerves in my arm.

 What are you doing to recover and how long are you out for?

I had surgery Nov. 16 and was in a sling stabilizer until Jan. 5. After Jan. 5, I was able to start physical therapy. I will do therapy for six months almost every day of the week. I will be able to start lifting weights and doing normal exercises March 1.

 What did you do when you found out that you would be out for that long?

I was very sad and depressed and was extremely mad. My twin brother had had a similiar surgery twice. I knew I’d have to make the best of it. I would stand on the sidelines for the playoffs, and did what I could to help the football team. I have had a lot of support from my family, friends, and coaches.

 What do you do now since you can’t practice in practices?

Without sports, I have had time to work on my other talents and hobbies, such as piano — which I absolutely love. I play until my parents make me stop. I am also very focused and determined in my recovery. So, piano and therapy are my two main focus right now, along with supporting my brother in basketball.

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