Prior Injuries (approximate details)
ELBOW SURGERY 2/23/2001 - Original MRI in the mid 90's with pain throwing baseball in little league, eventually could not throw right handed by Jr High years. After summer of weightlifting following freshman year of high school it appeared better other than throwing, during end of sophomore basketball it swelled to a grapefruit. Was told no weights over 25lbs, no heavy lifting for this injury was initially recommended though that seemed too stern of a sentence though the sharp pain supported that direction at the time. Ultimately I could throw sparingly right handed, maybe a game of backyard football and could lift upper body.
LEFT ACL 1/15/03 - Hamstring graft, knee recovered full in 4-5 months with dedicated rehab. Occurred 2-3 games into my Junior year season on a left to right cross over, not sure if there was knee to knee contact. Low swelling, wouldn't straighten correctly but could still jump and touch rim off leg (though it might straighten too much attempting) and reactive movement or cutting caused sharp pain. I could delay jump at the 4-5 month time period of the recovery, so it healed well and my speed increased after the injury.
RIGHT ACL 1of2 12/15/05 - Hamstring graft, tear occurred 6 months prior or so, major swelling prevented a quickened surgery. Much more more intense immediate pain, walking and all activities difficult and even up to the surgery there was more fluid than desired. Occurred on a quick reactive right to left move, also not sure if there was knee to knee contact as the cause. This was after two seasons of soccer at college, while playing in an open gym with intention to go out for basketball for the following season instead of finishing the last two years of soccer. It was around 8-10 months post surgery when I decided to do track my junior year of college, since basketball was missed and rehab for soccer wasn't my motivation. I did two weeks of some light rehab, attempted to be active because I enjoy sports and it is difficult not to partake - but did a poor job of rehabbing it compared to the first recovery. The following track season had constant hamstring tweaks. Soccer I dealt mostly with quad and hip issues. Ideally I should have eaten health due to an inclination for inflammation and average at best self control.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS DIAGNOSIS 5/1/07 - It progressively got worse for 2 years (then a span of average living, memory repression, holding urges in while still having full availability as focus), until it progressively got better for a year or so (SCD meat and squash), until it immediately got bad (new foods and spiritual change), until now where I have it figured out differently. It effected my ability to lift, train, and attempt goals I never got to test. (MORE DESCRIPTION ON 7 year timeline)
RIGHT ACL 2of2 1/15/09 - Patella tendon graft. Another major swell with excessive pain. Prior to the tear I'm starting to feel my body inflammation being better, symptoms of the digestive health more in check though not comfortable enough to truly be happy (because of whining about diet mainly). I'm upset it's been years of not really playing basketball at this point, I'm fighting over the money decision to buy a bunch of footballs to try place kicking as I trust my accuracy and feel the extra range is within my ability. Roommate asks if I'd like to play in an open gym, I talk it out saying I shouldn't but then do. Been getting more active and I can hang on the rim with one step which is about as good as I'd ever been. I also had a week stretch of focusing on boxing during this time frame most likely. On an unnecessary play I try and block a layup on the other end, and the pump fake got me in the air twisting as my feet hit the other players shoulder and my right leg didn't stabilize the falling body as my focus was on the rising ball in the air that just escaped my finger tips. Maybe he didn't pump fake, I don't know but I know my eyes were on the ball slow motion and my foot hit his shoulder. These types of injuries I have 'matured' past, though injury is always a risk if you rely on quickness especially. The healthier I got prior to this tear, the more desire I have to leave my current situation but major set backs keep me stuck physically and emotionally.
I was always able throughout these years to bench press, curl, light tricep, military press to keep a couple extra pounds of muscle on (track weight was low 140's with more fat on butt than should have been) - but the difference in working really hard and slacking didn't seem worth the commitment of lifting for a minimal change in muscle mass given my body type. Legs I didn't mess with, having the ACL injuries was a major set back for that focus. Shoulders I also didn't mess with as they were always slightly hampered enough to not try shoulder pressing. I'd go year or two without lifting, doing some push ups when my self confidence got too low, also got occasional short gym memberships. I started regularly weight lifting around 2010/11 which will be part of 7 YEAR TIMELINE