Baseball season on pause
Shortly after Nicole cleared Maddux to return to play, he tried out for the Rockhurst freshman baseball team and despite some formidable odds, he made it!
“Forty students tried out, and only 18 made the team,” Lori said. “We are really proud of Maddux.”
Maddux was thrilled, but he admits he missed quite a bit of school to go to therapy and get his leg back in shape. “It wasn’t easy to keep up, especially in my biology class,” he said.
But keep up, he did. Through it all, he maintained a 4.1 grade point average, in spite of having some tough college prep classes.
Today, his leg is doing great. “Right now, I absolutely feel 100%. I can do long distance running and weight lifting. I feel like I am back to where I was before the accident,” he said.
Despite the fact that Maddux is ready to play ball, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball season is now on pause for Rockhurst, and for the nation.
But for Maddux, it’s not time wasted. He’s been faithfully keeping up with the home running program Nicole gave him just before he left therapy. “That’s really come in handy to help Maddux stay in shape, especially during this down time,” Lori said.
Looking back on his experience, Lori said Maddux was lucky to have such a terrific team behind him at Children’s Mercy, all focused on caring from middle school to college-age athletes.
“Because Maddux is 15 and on the verge of becoming an adult, we wondered if Children’s Mercy was the best place for him, but it definitely was,” Lori said. “Dr. Sinclair was amazing. He treated Maddux like an adult and always had great advice for him about what he needed to do to continue moving forward.”
Maddux liked his orthopedic surgeon, too. “I definitely felt I was in good hands. Dr. Sinclair was awesome.”
And so was Nicole. “Nicole did everything she could to help Maddux reach his goals,” Lori said.
Maddux added there were times when therapy was painful, but worth the effort. “I always felt like I was going to be able to get better and get back to sports,” he said. “I had to persevere, but I felt like through the whole process that I would be okay and would get back to where I was.”
For Nicole, Maddux is a great example of someone who will continue to benefit from the home exercise program she gave him before his therapy sessions concluded.
“So many people think once they are released from rehab, they’re done, but that’s not true. Maddux’s continued diligence with his home exercise program is essential for him to make further improvements, maintain gains he’s made toward his goals, and decrease risk of reinjury. That hard work and maintenance is what his body needs to be able to stay healthy, play sports and prevent future injuries,” Nicole said.
And though Maddux was a model patient and Nicole wishes him the best, she doesn’t want to see him back at Village West.
“I hope I can continue to follow Maddux throughout his high school career,” Nicole said, “and I hope to see him outside of this gym, not back here at rehab for another injury.”