Take Five with ASA Softballs Raven Chavanne
athlete experiences a setback during his or her career. That’s just part of
with every setback, there’s also a chance to come back.
sat down with USA Softball’s Raven Chavanne to get her thoughts on making a
strong comeback from her setback.
our exclusive Take 5 interview, Raven shared the
lessons learned from her challenges with an ongoing battle with injuries to her
right throwing shoulder. Starting at age 13, and throughout her career at
Newbury Park High School, Raven was plagued with tendonitis, inflammation,
bursitis and more in her shoulder. After high school, her trouble with shoulder
injuries followed her to the University of Tennessee where she continued to
face the same injuries. In the middle of her junior season, Raven learned that
her labrum was torn in three places. At this point, the injury was impacting
not just Raven’s softball career, but her everyday life. She couldn’t carry
groceries, sleep or brush her teeth without shoulder pain.
during her junior year at Tennessee, Raven broke her hand and tore ligaments in
her thumb. This injuries required surgery and had her wearing a cast for eight
said she was very frustrated with all her injuries at this point, and didn’t
play up to her usual standards during that junior season. After the season,
Raven decided to have surgery on her troublesome shoulder.
prior to and during her senior season, Raven turned her setback into a comeback
– in a big way. She learned how to be more patient during her rehab process,
and was thrilled to be playing free of shoulder pain for the first time in what
felt like forever. Raven admits that the physical and
mental aspects of her rehab were tough to accept at first. But she persevered
to come out on top, enjoying an incredible senior season that led to her
joining the USA Softball team.
believes a positive attitude is vital to turning any setback into a comeback.
She encourages young athletes who are dealing with injuries or other setbacks
to stay positive and avoid feeling sorry for themselves as best as they can.
will feel frustrated, especially if you’re coming back from a major injury,”
says Raven. “But once you’re back to your full ability, you will be so glad you
took the time to get better.”
read the full Take 5 interview with Raven, visit ResponsibleSports.com. Come back next month
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