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Adversity And What We Gain From It

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Adversity and What We Gain From It

In all parts of life there are periods of adversity that we must face, the real challenge however, is what and how we gain from conquering those trials. There have been many times that I have been faced with adversity, it has happened in all aspects of my life at one time or another. Whether it is dealing with the ups and downs of hockey or balancing the pressure that comes with an elite hockey schedule and high school, there are always obstacles. Some of these challenges can bring about positive effects that influence the path of one’s life. In one such experience of mine, the amount of adversity was not near as great as the positive out come that came ...view middle of the document...

I had never been forced to miss hockey because of an injury before and it was the worst news I had ever heard. The time I missed from hockey was one of the most difficult periods I had been through up to that point.

The doctor at the hospital referred me to a physiotherapist, whom I met with three times. The physiotherapist, who seemed to be a little unfamiliar with my injury, gave me an exercise program that was supposed to heal my shoulder. Because the doctor and physiotherapist I initially met with were not sports specialists I would later be confronted with the fact that a dislocated shoulder takes more than just a few weeks to heal and it can’t actually be determined how long it takes until it has been healed. I religiously followed the exercise program given to me by my physiotherapist but was seeing minimal improvement.

After the initial three weeks was over I was still in a great deal of pain and still had trouble moving my arm. As obvious as the fact that I could not play was, I still tried to convince my parents that I could return to playing hockey. They felt it was better for me to have it checked by a specialist. Because I was still feeling pain I decide to take their advice. My dad arranged an appointment with one of the top orthopaedic/sports medicine specialists in Nova Scotia. She examined my shoulder and found that my previous rehabilitative regime was ineffective, the damage was worse than I had thought and she told me that I would not be able to participate in any contact sport for the next three to six weeks.

A referral from this doctor sent me to a physiotherapist and then a kinesiologist who gave me a different, more rigorous exercise program that produced great improvement to my shoulder. This program was much harder physically and took much more commitment to follow. I was getting up one hour earlier for school each morning so that I could do the exercises twice a day. I had never had to work so hard at something before in my life but returning to hockey as soon as possible was something I was very determined to succeed at.

While following this program I gained a strengthened work ethic. I realized for the first time that to accomplish something as big and as important as this, it would take a desire that out weighed all other distractions; I had made returning to hockey my main priority. This new understanding of the commitment it took to overcome such obstacles gradually showed up in other areas later on in my life.

Along with this new work ethic I also found I had developed an enthusiasm for rehabilitative sciences. The things being told to me by the therapists and specialists that I was regularly meeting with were fascinating to me and motivated me to try and gain more knowledge about what they were telling me. Through things like independent research into strength training and asking my physiotherapist as many questions as I could, I was gaining knowledge of the human body and how it works from a...

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