If you play a sport, you know it can be hard at times. Things like being at practice every day, plus games throughout the week, while also having to get your academic work done. It can be especially hard if you play more than one sport. Another tough obstacle to face, is if you get hurt while playing. This can happen to anyone and it happened to a student at Walker High School, Carleigh Taylor. She plays volleyball, basketball, and softball. In early September 2014, Carleigh and her team were playing volleyball against Addison. She dove for the ball and right then knew something was wrong with her knee. Bob, the head trainer at Walker, was thinking it was just a stretched hamstring, so he suggested her to sit out for a couple of games and start some rehab in the meantime. A few weeks later, the volleyball team had a tournament and she got to play, thinking it was better. There was a play in the game that required her to dive for the ball, which triggered the same pain in the same part of the knee. After this happened, she had to sit the rest of the tournament. The following Monday, she got checked by Bob and he recommended her to Dr. Cuomo, at Southern Orthopedics. Dr. Cuomo ran an MRI on her knee and found a partial PCL tear. The doctor then told Carleigh that for a PCL tear, surgery was not usually needed, instead to rehab it more. Later, after rehabbing and getting fitted for a Donjoy brace Carleigh tried to practice basketball, but her knee still was not the same. Cuomo then referred her to Dr. Dugas at Andrews Sports Clinic in Birmingham. Dr. Dugas, got her to have an MRI with dye, looking for a blood clot and sure enough they found one on the back of her knee attached to her nerves. She had to have surgery to get it removed or the pain would remain. They called the blood clot an AVM. So she had a knee scope and an AVM resection. The surgery was done in March and she did not get play any sports until this volleyball season in August 2015. So, she has been out of the game for quite some time. It is now her senior year and she has to wear her knee brace at all times during workouts, practice, or games. In the past three years she has had the same position in volleyball, but because she was gone for so long, she had to start a new position. Carleigh said it is hard to adjust to, but she is glad to be back in the game. The volleyball team is now 9-2 and having great season!
By: Meagan Taylor