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Overcoming My Injury

July 20, 2017


One of my first dunk sessions since my shoulder injury back on April 7, 2017. That injury nearly took the drive completely out of me regardless of how positive I tried to stay. AC Shoulder Sprain High Level 2...not the greatest news I've ever gotten. I was just going up for a fast break dunk when someone dragged me down from behind in an overly-aggressive and spiteful fashion; I had just stolen the ball from him so he must have been looking for some sort of "revenge" or something! Either way, I ironically learned a lot about myself throughout the recovery process. I had gone through my fair share of injuries throughout my life that have kept me out for anywhere from 1 day to 3 months. It just seemed beyond natural for me to go through to ever so slow process of recovering before just giving up - even though that seemed like the best option at the time. It's not easy going from exercising 1-2 times a day for 1.5-3+ hours and eating around 4,000 calories a day to taking 3 minutes to put on a t-shirt, not being able to tie your shoes and limiting yourself to just around 1,500 calories a day while feeling yourself physically lose muscle. I always like to think about my state of mind during something like this. Yes, for a LOT of moments throughout the day I just wanted to say, "Well, I had my run and I could jump pretty high and lift some crazy weights." But, at the same time, I feel like those somewhat "childish" dreams that have been embedded in me since I was a little kid are what keep me going day-to-day. If I lost sight of my vision for SKIGH and where I see myself, then I know it's just not natural and something or someone got to me. 4+ months later and I'm still not 100% in my shoulder and it could take another 4 years but I refuse to stop now. 

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