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Blair Beats Injury

Junior Jordan Blair beat an ACL injury her freshman year to come back for successful sophomore and junior seasons.

Junior Jordan Blair beat an ACL injury her freshman year to come back for successful sophomore and junior seasons.

Layla Mathews

Junior Jordan Blair beat an ACL injury her freshman year to come back for successful sophomore and junior seasons.

Layla Mathews

Layla Mathews

Junior Jordan Blair beat an ACL injury her freshman year to come back for successful sophomore and junior seasons.

Shea Dimmer, Staff Reporter

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Jordan Blair is a junior basketball player and team leader for the program, making varsity as an eighth grader. Until two years ago, when something went terribly wrong.

“I’ve been playing basketball for around six years or so,” said Jordan Blair. “I started playing with my dad in about sixth grade because he always wanted me to try and play.”

Since then, Blair has devoted most of her time into playing and practicing basketball, whether here with the school team, a club team, individually, or with her trainer.

In Blair’s second varsity season, her freshman year, she tore her ACL in a process of two events.

“During a basketball game, I got a steal and I went to plant to pass backwards toward one of my teammates and I hyperextended my knee, and didn’t play the rest of the game,” said Blair.

“About a week later of not playing, I went back to practice and I went up for a shot and planted on my right knee and it buckled and right then I knew that I had done something seriously wrong.”

It turned out that not only did she hurt her knee by hyperextending it, she then tore her ACL, and only a week later from the first injury.

“When people ask me how long it takes to recover after I tore my ACL, the answer is the time I was ‘injured,’ or not allowed to play was around nine months. But in my opinion, I would say it took me about a year and a half to about two years to actually be able to be at one hundred percent, and play how I was prior to my injury,” Blair said.

In Blair’s 2016-17 basketball season, she only played 16 games. Altogether, she had a total of 21 rebounds, 20 assists, 20 steals, 28 turnovers, and only scored 24 total points for the season, but she worked and continuously throughout her remaining freshman season and afterwards to try and get back on the court as soon as she humanly could.

“To get better I was in physical therapy for about five  months to get everything stronger around the tear so it wouldn’t start to hurt again,” said Blair.

She wasn’t alone in the recovery process; she had her family, friends, coaches, and teammates.

“Someone who has supported me through my recovery period, were mostly my parents, they pushed me when I didn’t think I could go any farther,” said Blair.

After and through her recovery process, Blair got back on the court for her sophomore season. She played 25 games, with a total of 50 rebounds, 50 assists, 30 steals, and a total of 93 points overall, significantly better than the last.

Blair is now getting started with her junior year season and striving for both personal and team goals.

“My personal goal for this season is to get as much exposure as possible for playing in college, and my overall goal is to work with my teammates to win the title of district champions,” Blair said.

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