(On right with ball.)
In my Leaving Cert year I unfortunately had to deal with a major setback in GAA. I tore my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in my right knee. This resulted in me being injured for 17 months. Almost a year and a half without playing any sport was extremely tough for me, especially because at this time I was playing Gaelic football, hurling, rugby and basketball. I also did soccer and athletics but the sport I concentrated most on was Gaelic football. I was in my last year of minor and was the captain of my club Portlaoise who I had hoped to win a county final with that year. The year previous to this I was playing with the Laois Minors and I had hoped to make that team again. These hopes were ruined when my knee gave way in April 2014.
I was very disappointed at first. It took me a long time until I finally converted my disappointment into motivation. This injury takes a lot of recovery and rehabilitation work in the gym in order to get back to sport. This meant if I didn’t get up off my arse complaining about the injury I was never going to get back. I pushed myself to get back to sport because it is what I love doing. I wasn’t going to let this unfortunate injury stop me. For anyone struggling with the same injury one piece of advice I would give is treat your rehabilitation training like you would treat your competitive sport training. You can still train like a professional even if you can barely walk. For anyone struggling with self-belief, don’t think about what everyone else is doing. Think about yourself and all the reasons why you want to achieve your goals.