This month's success story comes from a Mahopac High School Field Hockey and Lacrosse player.
Devin, like most high school athletes, always dreamed of playing at the next level but unfortunately tore her ACL and had to undergo an ACL reconstruction on 07/18/2017. Some high school athletes would have used it as an excuse for not playing at the next level, not Devin.
Physical Therapy after an ACL reconstruction is a lengthy 7-10 month process with most athletes not being allowed to return to competitive sports until the 9 month mark.
Determined, Devin came to PT 3x a week religiously and with follow up visit after follow up visit Devin's surgeon was beyond pleased with her progress.
The closer Devin got to “graduating” from PT her sessions at Empire became more performance training based and she began to prepare for returning to competition.
9 months to the day, Devin was cleared by her surgeon to return to competition, not “return to play” return to competition and in she went straight to the lacrosse practice field to join her varsity teammates. Once Devin had enough practices to play she was back on the game field making an impact for her team.
Determined to play after high school, Devin continued on the performance training track at Empire while playing on a competitive summer league lacrosse team. Gaining interest from multiple college coaches due to her quickness and outstanding athletic ability. Devin received multiple offers to play at the next level.
This past Sunday I received a text from Devin’s Dad stating that Devin had made a decision on which college she was going to attend.
I am beyond proud of Devin and have no doubt she will make an immediate positive influence at Moravian College!
Congrats to Devin on committing to play at the next level and never letting go of your dreams!
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Dr. Tony Tanzi: Physical Therapist, Triathlete, Runner, Performance Coach