Is there ever a convenient time for anyone to be injured? Probably not, but that’s doubly so for a star high-school running back with his sights set on a college football career. That was Jamitreus Crockham’s reality when he sustained a major knee injury at the start of his junior year at Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2011.
The ill-timed setback sidelined him for a year while he recovered from two surgeries to repair a displaced lateral meniscus tear, a damaged medial collateral ligament and an ACL tear. “First, we had to repair the cartilage and sew it back in place,” says Tom Klootwyk, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Methodist Sports Medicine.
After giving the cartilage time to heal and allowing Crockham to increase his knee’s range of motion, Klootwyk performed a second surgery to reconstruct the ACL. “I was told it would be a lot more painful,” said Crockham, who worked hard to make a full recovery, relying on physical therapy and rehabilitation. Each night, he would fall asleep, dreaming of playing football again.
Crockham’s determination paid off when he returned to practice this summer and the playing field on August 23 for a defeat against Avon High School, due in part to his strong performance. “I appreciate Methodist Sports Medicine and IU Health for helping me get back out here, running again,” he says. “I’m glad I’m back out here with my friends and back out here doing what I love.”
To learn more about Crockham’s treatment and difficult journey through recovery, visit www.strengthinathletes.com, where you’ll find links to video coverage of his story.