- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
I played basketball at a Division II school. My freshman year, I hurt my back in the fall, played through the season with it (not very well) and then found out in May that I had grade 2 spondylolisthesis which basically means my L5 (lowest lumbar vertebrae) fractured on both sides and slipped over my S1 (top sacral vertebrae) by 25%. I also had a bulged disc but they didn’t find that until November. I redshirted my sophomore year and did only about half the practices and I rarely traveled. We have a very widespread conference so most trips are over 6 hours and I’m 6’2″ so the bus is nowhere near comfortable. I started playing my junior year but in January started having a lot of nerve pain so they said I needed to either quit or have surgery. I did not want a spinal fusion at the age of 20 so I hung up my jersey. My senior year (2012-2013) I was the manager. However, I am in a 5 year program due to my endorsements in education, so I still have another year left.
I had constant back pain for three and a half years and slowly gained weight. Since Christmas, I have lost 35 pounds and have had no back pain for the past month even with doing some test runs on the track (I’ve only been doing low impact workouts – elliptical and stair climber – since I quit so I had no idea how my back would react.)Now that I have lost weight and am free of back pain, I’m seriously considering trying to play again but I have no idea what my coach would say or how well I would do after sitting the last year and a half out.Does anyone have some insight or advice? I’m putting off talking to anyone close to me because I’m still trying to figure some things out on my own before they try and talk me out of it.