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Softball Injuries

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Kenzie reaches for the tag out against Pioneer.

Kenzie reaches for the tag out against Pioneer.

Kenzie reaches for the tag out against Pioneer.

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Most people believe that football is the most dangerous sport. Have you ever noticed how many injuries are caused from softball? Not many realize all the dangers of the game. The most common injuries in softball are concussions, tearing the meniscus, tendonitis in the shoulders and the knees. On our team, we have had three injuries in the past year sending players to the hospital.

Last year, the first injury of the season, Kenzie Silcox tore her ACL. The ACL is one main ligament that stabilizes your leg. Her injury occurred at an away game at Northwestern. Silcox was was coming up to hit for her fourth time around. She hit the ball to the first baseman but tried to avoid the tag out, but when she did, her knee locked out and pivoted to the right. She then fell and had to get help getting up. She then jogged to the dugout just fine and continued to participate in warm ups with the team. The second Tiger batter hit a little pop fly behind third base and Silcox went to go lateral to try to catch it and her knee just totally gave out. It took her about 9-10 months to fully recover, but went slow when coming back to assure no further injuries. She had to get check ups and go to go to physical therapy for roughly 2-4 months. Even though this impacted her greatly, she just tries not to think about it happening again and just plays the game.

Abrah Humerickhouse slides in safe to second base.

Abrah Humerickhouse was injured this year in our game at home against Eastern. Abrah and another player were giving their all to catch a foul fly ball. They collided bringing Humerickhouse to the ground. The other player’s knee went into Humerickhouse’s rib cage messing with the tissue around it nearly breaking her ribs. She ended up playing for part of the next inning but was having some issues breathing. She came out of the game and was taken to the hospital to make sure her ribs weren’t puncturing her lungs. Luckily, they weren’t and was told just to take it easy and be sure to ice it. She is still recovering. She says the morning after each game she tends to be much sorer than she is throughout the day.

 

Holly Widner slams the ball over the fence.

The most recent injury just happened this past Wednesday in the Lady Kings’ game against Hamilton Heights. Holly Widner was playing second base when a ground ball was hit toward her. She knelt down to field the ball and make a double play, but right after fielding it, a player from the other team ran into her knocking her to the ground. Holly ended up with a concussion after being taken off the field and seeing a doctor. The doctor told her she needs to rest and let her head recover. She is still struggling with focusing and concentrating.

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  1. Hannah Young on May 14th, 2018 1:58 pm

    Great story Brannyn! It is incredible to see Kenzie to come back and have such a successful season. It is too bad that Holly is taking such a long time to recover. Most people bypass softball as a physical contact sport. Great job all around!

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