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November 7, 2017

Injury During the Recruiting Process

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Having an injury while going through the recruiting process can be scary as well as frustrating. Our job is to give you as much information as possible so you can make the best decision possible for yourself. If you have an injury and are going through the recruiting process take the time to see what student-athletes told us about their experiences.

Kaila Pinkney spoke with two Colgate hockey players who had injuries while they were being recruited, this is what they had to say:

Lauren Wildfang: Ice Hockey, Colgate University:

Can you explain how your injury affected the recruiting process?

I got a bad concussion during my senior year of high school. I still needed to take my ACT’s, like the SAT’s. It affected me because I was unable to do as well as I wanted to. The coaches and school were very understanding. It sucked being labeled as injured when going to college and playing a sport. You never know what your comeback is going to be, so that is pressure.

What advice would you give to high school athletes in similar situations as you were?

My advice would be to continue to have good communication with the coaches and trainers for minimal wait time for returning. Also to keep working hard and believing the dream, don’t be scared to let new doors open!

Shae Labbe: Ice Hockey, Colgate University:

Can you explain some background of your situation during the recruiting process and how the injury affected the process?

In my junior year of high school, I sprained my MCL while being recruited to Colgate University. I remember at first I was very scared to tell the coaches about my injury because I was afraid that they would cut their losses and stop recruiting me. I hid my injury from these coaches for a few months until it got to the point where I could not play anymore and had to rest. Once I told them, I quickly found out that I was wrong and instead of them forgetting about me they wanted to make sure I was healing and that I was taking care of my knee.

What did you take away from this experience?

Having communication with the coaches and finding out they did care about how I was doing allowed our relationship to grow and positively affected my recruiting process with Colgate.

Krista Yip-Chuck spoke with a Yale football player and ice-hockey player about their injuries while they were being recruited for college.

Kyra O’Brien: Yale University, Ice Hockey:

What was your college recruiting experience like being injured for some of its duration?

I tried to be as forward as possible without making the injury too big of a deal. Even though I missed about a month of games, the coaches were understanding and supportive of my recovery plan. It was nice to know they still had my back even when I wasn’t able to be on the ice. As much as the situation sucked it made me feel confident with my decision knowing the coaches were in my corner.

Do you have any advice for recruits who may be in the same position?

It’s important that you’re honest with coaches because injuries happen. You want to establish open communication and trust early on in the relationship.

Robert Clemons: Yale University, Football:

What was your college recruiting experience like being injured for some of its duration?

I was a little nervous but overall I knew I could ball. I was confident in the hard work I put in so I wasn’t going to let any coach or school pull me down. I had given it my all and knew I would end up at the right place.

Do you have any advice for recruits who may be in the same position?

My advice would be to be confident in the hard work you put in before your injury and then work hard post-injury. Because overall it’s just a game. It’s for fun, and it’s a passion. The most you can do is work hard and enjoy it, despite the ups and downs of anything like injuries or recruiting.

Susie Stevens spoke with Arielle Sanders who recently graduated from the University of Michigan. Arielle had a bulging disk while she was being recruited. This is the advice she had to give:

Arielle Sanders: University of Michigan, Rowing

How did you stay motivated throughout the recovery process?

Knowing that if I worked hard enough to stay fit and get my body healthy, I would be able to come back as strong as I was before. Also, the work that I knew the team was putting in motivated me to keep going. I also love competing, and it was motivating to know that I could have that again.

Is there anything you wish you did differently?

For my junior year, I wish I had stopped when things started going badly. Same with my senior year. It is not worth it to push through the pain if you are not going to be able to do what you want.

An LRT Staff member spoke with Megan Landry about her injury while she was being recruited this is what she had to say:

Megan Landry: Nicholls State University in Louisiana, softball:

Megan’s journey to her current status as a collegiate athlete was a unique one. After tearing her ACL in the summer following her junior year, Megan missed six months of softball. This experience had a very interesting effect on Megan’s recruiting process as it delayed her ability to get recruited, but furthered her passion for the sport and her decision to play at the collegiate level. In the months following her injury, Megan committed to rehabbing her knee and guaranteeing a healthy recovery, in hopes of returning to the playing field before the recruiting season was over. Megan’s grit and determination paid off as she recovered just in time to be picked up by Nicholls State University.

“The long months between my injury and my recovery made me realize that I loved softball and wanted to play it for as long as possible,” Landry said. “I was recruited late, so the coaches put a lot of faith in me when they decided to recruit me. I am forever grateful for the opportunity that has given me.”


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