By: Laura Olivo
From dislocations to concussions, Franklin College athletes are feeling it.
This fall, Franklin athletes have more injuries than nearby Earlham College, which is a liberal arts college in Richmond with similar enrollment to Franklin.
According to Sports Information Director Dale Long, Franklin’s total sports injuries are at 189.
The highest injuries come from football, which makes up nearly 70 percent of the total with 126 injuries.
Women’s lacrosse has the least injuries at one.
According to Earlham’s Head Athletic Trainer William Kinsey, their total number of fall sports injuries is 121, about 70 less than Franklin.
Earlham’s highest amount of injuries also comes from football, but the sport only accounts for about 40 percent of their overall fall injury tally.
The injuries are spread more evenly across other contact sports, like men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey.
The lowest number of Earlham injuries stem from men and women’s cross-country teams. Combined, the teams have seven injuries.
Athletic trainers from other colleges similar to Franklin – like Defiance College, Manchester University, Hanover College and Wabash College – did not respond to requests for their injury numbers.
Anderson University told The Franklin they would not disclose their injury information.
Junior Kelsie Williams said she has witnessed two major injuries in the past two years as an athletic training major.
Williams said she saw an athlete dislocate and fracture their ankle and be rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery.
Another athlete collided with a player and hit her head twice on the turf, sending her to the hospital with a fracture in her spine and a concussion.
Both athletes have recovered and are back at the college.
Williams said the least traumatic injuries she’s seen have been random ankle sprains, wrist sprains and small cuts.
Junior athletic training major Emily Day said she has been “lucky” to not see any traumatic injuries while at the college.
Day said because football is a high-risk sport with more series injuries, the athletic training majors have a football rotation before they leave Franklin.
Each sport has its own type of injuries. Junior Claire Bonnoront said the most common injuries seen by athletic training majors are sprains, bruises and shin splints.
In his two years as a basketball player, junior Cody Federmann has dislocated his pinky finger, had a concussion, had a hip flexion and rolled both ankles twice.
As a freshman, Federmann had to get an MRI. As a sophomore, he only played in nine of 25 games.
Sophomore golfer Madyson Elmore said she has not been able to play a tournament since 2011 because of reoccurring ganglion cysts.
The cysts are noncancerous lumps often found on the wrists and hands.
“Just a bad hit tore it,” Elmore said. “The cysts keep coming back as my body’s way of trying to protect against another tear.”
Junior football player Clay Lumpe has been out this entire season because of a high ankle sprain that required surgery.
“First week of training camp this year it just got rolled up during a pile up,” Lumpe said.
Prior to Lumpe’s college football career, he has also had four hernias and a broken wrist.
Senior Arjun Bhalla is a tennis player and has been out for most of the season after an ACL meniscus tear.
“I was playing my second game against Hanover,” Bhalla said. “I was trying to land a backhand, and I lunged too far and twisted my legs. That made my knee pop. … I just dropped down.”
Bhalla is going back home to India on next month to have ACL reconstruction surgery and hopes to play again in May.