Football, women’s soccer players get injured the most at Franklin
In a simulated game against DePauw University, freshman linebacker Hayden Fain was picked up and thrown down after the play was over. Trying to catch himself, he tried to stick his arm out and broke his wrist.
Fain is one of hundreds of student athletes who get injured each year. Their injuries impact not only their ability to play, but their everyday lives.
“My injury affected everything, from eating to taking a shower, to just simply getting dressed,” Fain said.
Fain said he isn’t one to ask anyone for, and that makes things more difficult for him.
“I feel like a complete burden when asking for help from anyone anytime even if I really do need it,” he said.
During the 2016-2017 season, the college had 229 total athletic injuries. Of these injuries, 20 percent were strained muscles.
Head Athletic Trainer Chris Shaff said most of these injuries can be avoided.
“A lot of it is done in the weight room,” Shaff said. “A lot of that stuff can be prevented through strength and conditioning, but a lot of the time it’s just the nature of sports. Some of these things we can’t prevent.”
Shaff said the majority of the college’s injured athletes are football players, followed by women’s soccer players. These sports have higher injury rates because they are higher collision. Golf and tennis athletes tend to get injured less.
The mental toll of injured athletes is as strenuous as the physical pain, Shaff said.
“There is a big psychological [effect] with all these athletic injuries, especially those ones where you’re going to be out from the sport you love to play for a long term,” Shaff said.
Demetrius Bailey, women’s head track and field coach, said injuries like these don’t just affect the player, but the team and the coach as well.
“There are a number of mixed emotions,” Bailey said. “You feel bad for them and you’re saddened to see any athlete go down with an injury, even if it’s not one of your athletes.”
In the past 10 years, the NCAA reported that there has been a major increase of injured athletes across all divisions of college athletics. In Division III schools, almost 25 percent of athletes were injured last year.
While the healing process is tough, Fain said he’s still trying to look for the bright moments.
“I just stay positive,” Fain said. “I know every thing’s going to get better. It’s just going to take time.”