perspectives - JANUARY 2018
How Tearing My ACL Changed My Perspective On Life
Athlete: taylor davis
Taylor Davis is an 18-year old athlete from a small town in Massachusetts, where she was heavily involved in a wide variety of sports. This included basketball, soccer, softball, gymnastics, and karate. In her junior year of highschool, she decided to focus on playing soccer, and continued playing in college at the Southern Connecticut State University.
“Soccer had always been a part of my life, and it wasn’t something that felt like a job, it was always my escape. On a stressful day, the one thing I could always count on to cheer me up, was soccer. Since a young age soccer became an everyday activity. However, it became just like any other daily activity, and I forgot to appreciate how important it was to me. This was until the day I tore my ACL.
It happens far too often that we don’t realize what we have until it’s gone. This injury has made me realize a lot about my own life in general. Every day since my injury I have thought about soccer, and have even forgotten what it feels like to play.
Through all of the frustration, I can never get mad that I have been faced with this injury, because for everything it has taken, it has given me something else. For the time lost, it has given me more passion for the sport. For my first college season spent on the bench, it has given me a new perspective on the sport I love. I had to become a spectator of the game, and I wouldn’t allow that to bring me down.
There was so much to learn, and I didn’t know until there was nothing else left to do.
From this injury I have learned that one should never wait until it is too late to appreciate the things that mean the most to us. This may be relatable within relationships, friendships, and other activities, but whatever it is, don’t wait until it’s too late, appreciate what you have, while you still have it.”
SPECIAL THANKS TO KEY PLAYERS IN TAYLOR’S RECOVERY:
DR. ELIZABETH MATZKIN, SURGEON
KYLE RODENHI, PHYSIOTHERAPIST, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL
Thank you Taylor for sharing your story to inspire athletes across the globe. We wish you all the best in your recovery!