WICHITA FALLS, TX–It’s an injury that’s taken out even the toughest of athletes all across the globe, and more than 200,000 cases of torn ACL’s are treated across America every year(Betterbraces.com).
This was the bad news Seymour basketball player Malorie Bufkin got during her senior year while playing for the Lady Panthers.
“I have always played basketball all four years of high school,” said Malorie. “This past December during district, I tore my ACL. It was really hard at first because it was hard to come to terms with your season being over before you’re ready for it to be.”
Like many people with this kind of knee injury, Malorie needed to have surgery. However, before that could happen, she enrolled in United Regional’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic. There, she would undergo a series of pre and post physical therapy sessions with a qualified sports trainer. While painful at times, she says it was completely necessary.
“I had to do therapy to where I could get to, as close as I could, full extension with my knee which was really hard, ” said Malorie. “But I’m glad that I did because after surgery it was not nearly as hard to get it straight.”
Malorie is assisted by helpful trainers, like head athletic trainer Jeremy Woodward, who also treats athletes at the junior High, high school and collegiate level.
“We’re an integral part of the sports medicine team,” said Jeremy. “Our sports medicine group has a variety of different high schools that we actually assign our staff and athletic trainers to. We see the kids when they get hurt in practices and games, we manage those injuries to the best of our ability in an off campus or offsite, out of hospital setting.”
This means not only does Malorie and others like her receive care Sports Medicine Clinic, but at Seymour High School as well.
“I work with the athletic trainer at the high school 4 days a week in the mornings, and that’ll be for a 9 month period,” said Malorie.
The amount of time and care Jeremy and others perform during physical therapy for these students, is also evident in the recovery process.
“Now that I’ve started therapy,” said Malorie, “I’ve been able to tell that I can do things that I was not able to and it feels stronger and less unstable.”
For information on the services at United Regional’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic, click here.