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By Laura D’Amato
Just imagine, in the middle of a soccer game you take a bad fall. All of a sudden your knee gives out. It is hard to walk. Then you are benched right before a big away game in Boston. This was the case for several Cedar Crest soccer players this semester.
“I felt bad because I couldn’t perform for my team,” said Kirstina Brandveen, a freshman Pre-Med and Spanish major.
All injured athletes immediately went under the care of Athletic Trainer, Beth Oudin. “We always have someone on call to help our athletes. They give us so much dedication and time and we try to give them the best care in return,” said Oudin
After her injury, Brandveen had to rest her knee if she wanted to recover in time for the away game against Wellesley College in Boston. In order to prevent a more serious injury, Brandveen had to use crutches for a day.
“When I had my crutches, it took me 20 to 30 minutes to walk across campus,” Brandveen said.
When an athlete suffers from a sports injury, they are never alone. They have support from coaches, their team, and the athletic trainer. Athletes usually feel guilty as a reaction for their injuries, but the reaction from coaches and teams is unwavering support.
“We have a team of hard workers and hard work is all we ask for,” said Sarah Wolcott, head soccer coach and Assistant Director of Athletics for Wellness.
When a team loses a player, they are always prepared to help with a speedy recovery. For the soccer team, in particular, they have a solid team and they have a good number of players. So in the case that someone is injured, like Brandveen, there is no pressure to recover too fast.
Every team at Cedar Crest has always been supportive. During any given mealtime, there is always a group of athletes sitting together. While Brandveen was injured, she had her team beside her on and off the field.
“They made sure I elevated my leg during dinner and kept icing and by telling me to not put weight my leg,” said Brandveen about the soccer team.
Every athlete is different. Even if two athletes have the same injury, they will be treated differently depending on their reactions. As the Athletic Trainer, it is Oudin’s responsibility to be present during as many home games and practices as possible. In case she is not present, there is always someone that is first aid certified on call.
“It’s on a case by case basis. Whether an injury happens during preseason or right before an important game, an athlete always gets the necessary time to recover,” said Oudin.
In Brandveen’s case, recovering in time for the away game was her goal. Thankfully, she had met her goal and was ready to travel to Boston
“I was excited. I recovered in time to play the entire Wellesley College game in Boston. I performed pretty well considering about 2-3 days earlier I had an injury,” said Brandveen.
Sports injuries happen. They are a risk any athlete is willing to take. They love their sport and being a part of a team. As a Cedar Crest Falcon each athlete could put in almost 20 hours a week for their sport, as well as balancing school work, and sometimes a job. Along with their hard work and dedication, they have a great support network in the athletic department that works hard to take care of them.