I was going over my injuries since 2002 today and it is a lengthy list.
Before 2002, I had broken both my pinky toes in the 8th grade playing on turf – which is something you can’t do anything about because they just keep breaking. It is uncomfortable for about a year or so and then you just don’t notice it. I also have a dislocated radial head on the right arm, which I may have had since birth. Since I have movement in my arm, although not full movement, and the pain only comes and goes – there is nothing they can do for me without risking possible loss of movement completely and a possible amputation. No thanks. I had a benign tumor in my mouth (found out during a dental exam for the Air Force Academy) and a tonsillectomy, both when I was 17.
On April 14, 2002 I ruptured my kidney playing lacrosse. It was a miracle I did not bleed to death internally and I was in the ICU for about a month. After that, my body’s ability to bounce back and/or avoid injury completely went to hell.
Since then I have done the following playing lacrosse:
-Separated right shoulder
-Separated left shoulder
-Torn left hamstring
-Partially torn right hamstring
-A few broken fingers
-Degenerated discs in my lower back and neck
Add in a broken left cheek bone from a fight against about 15 guys in San Francisco and you’ve got a good picture of the last 7 years.