Senior year football injury

My son was injured the very first day of full contact practice this summer. During drills he took a direct hit to the side of his leg causing his kneecap to pop out to the side of his leg and back. This was the beginning of his senior year football season! He was devastated!

We saw his physician and had an MRI which indicated several injuries as a result of the hit. His ACL and MCL were fine so we had hope. We agreed to have the trainer at school work with him to rehab his knee over the next month or so with the hope that he could play his senior year. He plays offensive line so he needed his knee at full strength. But it wasn’t looking likely. Jacob was extremely upset about the prospect of missing his final year of high school football. He started working immediately with Jessie and Bernadette, our Nationwide Children’s Hospital trainers at school. During regular football practice Jacob would do exercises/rehab designed by our trainers with the hope that he could get his knee strong enough to last through the season with wearing knee braces. We had 3 weeks before the first game so time was of the essence. The doctor said he would meet with Jacob a few days before the first game and decide if his knee was healthy enough to be able play with the understanding that he was facing possible surgery after season.

Jessie and Bernadette were GREAT!! They kept Jacob focused on getting his knee healthy even though all Jacob wanted to do was go get on the field and hit with pads on! With the dedicated, tireless and excellent work of our trainers, I am SO happy to say that Jacob started and played EVERY game of his entire senior year of football!! In addition to their daily rehab duties, they were always available for a phone call, text or reassuring talk with me. As a parent I am very grateful for everything they did. They work endless hours with these kids on and of the field and I don’t think they get enough credit for it. Without them, Jacob would have missed the great memories he made this football season.

As all the darn bad luck would have it, Jacob sustained a severe ankle sprain during a fumble play with 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter of our last football game!! So, Jacob was back with our trainers Monday afternoon rehabbing his ankle and getting him ready for rugby season. Once surgery on his knee is done, I don’t want him to rehab with anyone else! I’m happy to know that our Nationwide Children’s Hospital trainers have my son’s back. I know my son is in extremely capable hands with Jessie and Bernadette and I can’t thank them enough!

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  • Name: Jacob V.Jacob Varvel
  • Condition(s): Sports Medicine, Sprain
  • Age at Treatment: 18
  • Age Today: 07/27/199923 Years

My son was injured the very first day of full contact practice this summer. During drills he took a direct hit to the side of his leg causing his kneecap to pop out to the side of his leg and back. This was the beginning of his senior year football season! He was devastated!

We saw his physician and had an MRI which indicated several injuries as a result of the hit. His ACL and MCL were fine so we had hope. We agreed to have the trainer at school work with him to rehab his knee over the next month or so with the hope that he could play his senior year. He plays offensive line so he needed his knee at full strength. But it wasn’t looking likely. Jacob was extremely upset about the prospect of missing his final year of high school football. He started working immediately with Jessie and Bernadette, our Nationwide Children’s Hospital trainers at school. During regular football practice Jacob would do exercises/rehab designed by our trainers with the hope that he could get his knee strong enough to last through the season with wearing knee braces. We had 3 weeks before the first game so time was of the essence. The doctor said he would meet with Jacob a few days before the first game and decide if his knee was healthy enough to be able play with the understanding that he was facing possible surgery after season.

Jessie and Bernadette were GREAT!! They kept Jacob focused on getting his knee healthy even though all Jacob wanted to do was go get on the field and hit with pads on! With the dedicated, tireless and excellent work of our trainers, I am SO happy to say that Jacob started and played EVERY game of his entire senior year of football!! In addition to their daily rehab duties, they were always available for a phone call, text or reassuring talk with me. As a parent I am very grateful for everything they did. They work endless hours with these kids on and of the field and I don’t think they get enough credit for it. Without them, Jacob would have missed the great memories he made this football season.

As all the darn bad luck would have it, Jacob sustained a severe ankle sprain during a fumble play with 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter of our last football game!! So, Jacob was back with our trainers Monday afternoon rehabbing his ankle and getting him ready for rugby season. Once surgery on his knee is done, I don’t want him to rehab with anyone else! I’m happy to know that our Nationwide Children’s Hospital trainers have my son’s back. I know my son is in extremely capable hands with Jessie and Bernadette and I can’t thank them enough!

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