Perseverance: Guard Jasmine Hartman overcomes high school injury

By Jenni Carlson Published: April 4, 2010
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The sophomore guard suffered a posterior cruciate ligament tear in her knee during her junior season in high school, a crucial time for recruits.

"I didn’t know exactly what I did. Everybody thought it was my MCL, that I’d sprained it. I missed a couple games, but everybody just thought it was going to be two weeks or so.

"It was a PCL tear. It was very odd. Not a lot of people tear it. The way you tear it is you fall on it. It’s like a car crash. You have to impact the knee in the front.

"I was always falling in high school. I was trying to split traps all the time.

"The doctor said, ‘I think you should take the year off.’ I was like, ‘It’s my junior year. That’s a big year for high school players to get recruited.’ But I took that chance.

"The thing about PCLs, you don’t have to have surgery. I put on a splint. A long one. And it hurt. Oh, it was the worst. I didn’t really take medicine. I don’t really take pills a lot.

"It was a lot of uncertainty. My confidence was just like, ‘What am I going to do? Do I really want to do this?’ I just had to believe.

"I just didn’t want to waste what I thought I had. I just really thought I had a lot of potential and I could make a difference and show people that I could come back from this, especially the people that dropped me in recruiting.

"I was a little upset about that.

"It just changes you, actually. It makes you thankful to play this game.”


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