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Acl Injuries - Paper

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High School Athletes…

Injury Prevention

Zach Patinkin
High School Athlete’s Injury Prevention
Ever since I can remember, I have been playing sports. I played a sport each season and excelled in each sport I played, most likely due to a high level of coordination at a young age. Playing hockey and squash in the winter before middle school, soccer and football in the fall, and the best season of all due to the range of such high level sports, spring, in which I played baseball, lacrosse, and tennis. I knew that I had the most skill in baseball, tennis, and hockey. One day, the day of a little league baseball game, I was sick and been throwing up the night before, my coach told me I did not have to play. The decision was in the hands of the coach because my little league baseball coach was my Dad. When he got to the field and realized he had only eight players, and needed a ninth or else he would forfeit he rushed home and much to my Mother’s dismay brought me to play in the game sick. Sports have always seemed to come first in my family; I have memories of going to two different sports practices and then taking the next day of school off to rest. My brother was recruited by multiple colleges to play Division III lacrosse, named rookie of the year for his division last year, setting the ultimate family sports goal of excelling in college sports very high. My brother I have been working hard, he in lacrosse and me in baseball, especially to be able to keep playing in college. My brother played on a high school team that was in a high level division but could not match up to the competition. This allowed him to shine even more because he was forced to make most of the plays for his team happen. He became the school’s most dominant athlete due to these circumstances, which was a highly reputable accomplishment because students go on to play sports in college often from his school. During the college application period, it was a specific group of...
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