Lacrosse player deals with injury

Powers began playing lacrosse in eighth grade and fell in love with the game. She hopes to further her talents and play lacrosse in college.

Powers began playing lacrosse in eighth grade and fell in love with the game. She hopes to further her talents and play lacrosse in college.

Playing a sport, keeping up with grades, and hanging out with friends are some of the challenging things a student may face. Imagine doing all that plus dealing with an injury.

Junior Alex Powers suffered from a partially torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament, a main ligament of the knee, during this year’s lacrosse season.

“If I was running up the field it would literally feel like my knee was going to give out any minute,” Powers said.

She had to start physical therapy to heal her ACL, but through the difficult time of rehabilitation her love for the sport motivated her to continue.

“I was on crutches for a month and a half, [I] went through 4 months of physical therapy, and I’m supposed to wear a knee brace any time I’m doing a lot of physical activity,” Powers said.

Powers was eager to return to doing what she loved.

“I wasn’t even fully cleared to play when I started, but I didn’t want to waste any more time,” Powers said.

Fellow teammate Monica Lefton noticed how important it was for Powers to take care of her
injury.

“It’s great that Alex rested and treated her knee because it will help her in the long run, and I know how committed to the sport she is,” Monica Lefton said.

After months of hard work during rehab Powers became a main contributor to the girls lacrosse team.

Currently, Powers plans to continue her physical therapy and strengthen her knee. She also hopes to continue to play lacrosse in college and coach teams for underprivileged girls in her community.