Posted by: craig | December 22, 2008

Hooping it up

A little over 8 months since surgery, and I made my way back to the basketball court for the first time this past Saturday.  Technically, I’ve been back on the court a number of times in the past two months, as I’ve been coaching my son’s team, but this was my first time playing.  When I was first injured and for the next few months, I was uncertain whether I would try to play again, but the itch had been getting stronger after every practice I ran, so I felt it was time.

The gym I played was the scene of the crime, so there were a lot of awkward thoughts that went through my mind.  I scored on the first possession of the first game, and let out a little “yahoo”.  My lateral movement was pretty good, and I felt confident in moving side-to-side, though I’m not 100% yet.  Where I really noticed the difference was in quick stops (driving and planting) and if I needed to sprint.  That is to say, I got beat on defense a few times when I couldn’t get back, and I couldn’t finish a drive.  I think the limitations were both mental and physical.  I played 2 games and called it a day as my achilles was getting a little tender.  If there is one thing I’ve learned from this process, it is to start listening to my body.  As I was heading home, somebody said, “leaving in one piece?”  My response, “Yep, this time…”

I’m looking forward to the mental and physical challenges of working my way back into a regular game.  It will take a while, but, hey, I’m more than 8 months in, so I know I can make it.

Best of luck to everybody as we continue the healing process.  2009 is almost here and will, hopefully, bring us all good health and plenty of happiness.



Great news on being able to play basketball again! Good job on listening to your body. Hope your kids have a great Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!

craig - happy new year! Glad to hear that you’ve been able to get back to playing basketball. I’ve been playing pickup games, and I am glad to be back on the court!

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