Here, the two-time World Cup winner, inspirational Australian netball stalwart, and Giants netball skipper offer Inside Sport an insight into the turmoil associated with suffering a major injury.
How it happened
“I suffered a season-ending ACL injury in round five of last year. It happened 10 seconds into the game. We got an intercept and were coming back down the court. I caught the ball, turned around, got hit from behind and my leg just buckled under. I knew straight away I’d done it.”
“It’s the most odd feeling you’ve ever felt. The pain was insane for a good 20 seconds, then it went away. That’s a clear sign you’ve done your ACL—when the pain goes away. You sort of want the pain to stay because it might be something else. They took me off the court, we went into the change-rooms and they’re like, “Yep, you’ve done it.” And I’m like, “Yep, l know I’ve done it; I already knew I’d done it.” Then I just came back out at half-time and watched the rest of the game. That was hard.”
“None of my teammates knew about the seriousness of the injury at the time. They were like, “You’ll be fine, you’ll be back next week”. And I’m thinking, “You’ve got another thing coming when you hear the news after the game!” They were all in tears after the match, and I’m like, “Oh, relax, it’s fine, it’s just a knee!”
“I handled it really well. I thought I was going to be sitting on the sideline and be like get me out there! But I knew I just couldn’t. I came to terms with it really quickly and repositioned all my energy into a different space. The coaching side of things, for me personally, thankfully came into that.”
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