My name is Abby Navarro and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma and attended Lawton High School. I am currently a first year student studying Design at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. I played softball and basketball all throughout high school, along with traveling softball and AAU basketball. I began playing basketball in college but ultimately decided I would like to focus more on my school work. Now, I enjoy playing intramural basketball, intramural softball and working out daily.
I remember tearing my ACL like it was yesterday. It happened during the summer time while playing an AAU basketball game. I was an upcoming junior and felt more confident with my game than ever. My team was winning and there were only a few minutes left on the clock. I made a steal and had a fast break down the court. It was just me and another girl from the opposing team. I was dribbling down the court with my left hand and I felt the girl close behind me on my right shoulder. I attempted to crossover to my right hand and as soon as I did the girl was there to stop me. I had all my weight on my left leg and when I went to crossover we knocked shoulders. I felt my left knee buckle in, along with a pop and a fiery burn underneath my kneecap. I remember falling to the ground holding my knee. I opened my eyes to see my coaches, teammates and athletic trainers surrounding me. I was carried off to the side of the court where the athletic trainer performed many tests on my knee, confirming that I had torn my ACL and my meniscus.
My treatment and recovery
It was hard to believe that I actually severely injured my knee. I refused to believe that I would be out of basketball for 6-7 months. The seriousness of my injury did not fully hit me until the day of my surgery. I realized that in the one second it took to injure my knee, I would have to deal with the outcomes for the rest of my life. I was terrified and all I knew was that I was going to come back from this injury better than I was before. I put all my trust into Dr. Johnson and on June 27th, 2012 the biggest parts of my life were in his hands, and I couldn’t have picked a better person for that job. He cared for me not just as a patient, but a person, an athlete, and a daughter.
I was put in physical therapy the first week after my surgery, I remember getting to do more and more as each week came. I was on crutches for 3-4 weeks and that turned into walking without crutches with my brace, then starting to jog and jump, and finally being able to run again. I felt like a whole new person. I felt strong, and of course eager to get back on the court. The whole recovery process took about 6 or 7 months. I sat on the sidelines for half of my junior year and I’ll never forget my first game back. I was nervous but I could not have been happier in that moment. Dr. Johnson and the my physical therapist helped me get back to doing what I love and most importantly, getting my life back.