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VU WBB: Clair Watkins in Her Own Words
So there was just one bad step, and I heard my knee pop. It was really loud in my head, like a little tearing noise. It didn't hurt at all, really, but I knew exactly what had happened because I just knew if you hear a pop, it's your ACL, it's something bad.
I knew, but we had to get the MRI the next day, and it was a torn ACL. Luckily, it was only the ACL. I had minor, minor, minor MCL injury, but that was over within weeks. They didn't need to do anything for that. I only had an ACL surgery where they took a part of the hamstring from my right leg and put it in there for my ACL.
Surgery was very painful the first two weeks, but then it was just amazing how grateful I became when I could walk without a limp. I'd been walking for 18 years not even thinking about it, and then once I actually couldn't walk . . . I'm just grateful now that I can run and walk and do everything.
As far as rehab, Michele Loftis, our trainer, had me doing things on the sidelines, gradually throughout the whole season. I went to every practice. I missed away games during the week, but besides that, I was at practice, weights, everything. She had me do my own circuits. I mostly did arms at first because my legs were just building up, and I'd just walk around the gym. Eventually I'd walk up the stairs, and eventually I ran up the stairs, and eventually I ran in a straight line, then eventually moved to weaving. I started cutting two or three weeks before the season ended and was able to pivot. I'd been doing single leg jumps several weeks before that. It was gradual, but it happened.
I tried to shoot maybe four months ago, but I still wasn't completely ready. It's odd because the jump shot that I have, I jump really high when I shoot, and I could feel my form getting off and my knee getting sore. But now that I can jump and run properly, I'm good to go again. Right now, I still can't play pickup, or play full court, but I did the individual workouts that we had, so basically if I stay within the 3-point line, I can do anything right now.
We go home for the month of May. For me, I'm going to be doing the weights that our trainer gives us, and Michele is going to give me special running to do. We're all coming in June, and our incoming freshmen will come in July. I had a jump training test two and a half weeks ago to get cleared for individuals, and I'm going to have another one when I come back in June, so as long as I keep up with my workouts and keep training, I think I'll be good to go -- keeping my fingers crossed -- in June.
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