Injury doesn’t stop Mustang from basketball passion

Tamara Sinn – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- After an injury, it’s easy to lose contact with a certain sport, especially if an injury completely restricts someone from playing that sport.

Even though going through an injury can restrain students from playing, it shouldn’t stop them from being involved with the sport.

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LRHS senior Brady Roberts before injury ended his playing days

When LRHS senior Brady Roberts first got injured during travel basketball practice, he was devastated. While diving for loose ball, a 250-pound teammate fell on his arm and immediately dislocated his elbow, tore his UCL, and chipped a piece of bone.

“The doctors originally said I would be out for five months, but that did not end up being the case,” Roberts said.

Once he got back into playing, he played his entire sophomore year with a torn UCL.

After another injury, Roberts and his family decided Tommy John surgery was the best option, where the torn ligament is reattached to the tendon.

The surgery was unsuccessful, and Roberts had to give up playing the game he loved.

“This wouldn’t stop me from being involved in the sport,” Roberts stated.

To stay involved, Roberts decided to join the basketball coaching staff at LRHS. As an assistant coach, Roberts learns coaching techniques to help him in the future.

It is a full commitment, as Roberts attends all practices and games. He helps junior varsity (JV) players’ skill development, while varsity is mainly a learning process for him.

Once he graduates college, he wants to manage college and eventually NBA teams and he hopes that this experience and his connections will help get him there.

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