Pendah’s Journey continued (Part 6)

Pendah made it through her first semester at Indiana University with flying colors. She was busy with classes, a changed major and managing for the IU women’s basketball team. On December 6, 2012, Pendah shared with me that she had just gotten the o.k. from the doctor to begin to work her knee out a bit more. She could begin to scrimmage. It’s important to note that this was a partial release and not a full release. There were restrictions. She could scrimmage in 5 minute intervals. Pendah was hoping that she could become a practice player for the IU Women’s basketball team. This would be someone who serves the role of an opponent for the IU women to practice against. Adding to her role as manager would require a conversation between Pendah and the Assistant Women’s basketball coach. While this was a strong desire for Pendah, she opted to put this conversation off until finals were over.

However, like a child who had just gained the ability to walk and can’t wait to take his/her next step, Pendah wasted no time to intensify her workout. She called up Derrick Cross who is a basketball coach and trainer and appears to coach people privately when they are serious about improving their game. Pendah opted to meet with Derrick three days in a row the week of December 10th for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minute workouts. Pendah made this choice to support her getting back in shape at the level she knew she would need to be in order to consider walking on the IU Women’s basketball team in the fall. During these workouts, Pendah did experience some pain, but overall she felt the practices went well. Pendah actually describes having some amount of pain always in her knee at this point. Pendah realized after these workouts and even some of her own workouts once given the release how out of shape she was. She figured that by taking a kickboxing class and doing some minor exercise that she would keep herself in decent shape. However, Pendah was sensing that the mountain to climb to get back in shape was much taller than she initially anticipated it would be. Check back in a couple of weeks to see how Pendah is progressing!

Pendah’s Journey continued (Part 6)

Pendah made it through her first semester at Indiana University with flying colors. She was busy with classes, a changed major and managing for the IU women’s basketball team. On December 6, 2012, Pendah shared with me that she had just gotten the o.k. from the doctor to begin to work her knee out a bit more. She could begin to scrimmage. It’s important to note that this was a partial release and not a full release. There were restrictions. She could scrimmage in 5 minute intervals. Pendah was hoping that she could become a practice player for the IU Women’s basketball team. This would be someone who serves the role of an opponent for the IU women to practice against. Adding to her role as manager would require a conversation between Pendah and the Assistant Women’s basketball coach. While this was a strong desire for Pendah, she opted to put this conversation off until finals were over.

However, like a child who had just gained the ability to walk and can’t wait to take his/her next step, Pendah wasted no time to intensify her workout. She called up Derrick Cross who is a basketball coach and trainer and appears to coach people privately when they are serious about improving their game. Pendah opted to meet with Derrick three days in a row the week of December 10th for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minute workouts. Pendah made this choice to support her getting back in shape at the level she knew she would need to be in order to consider walking on the IU Women’s basketball team in the fall. During these workouts, Pendah did experience some pain, but overall she felt the practices went well. Pendah actually describes having some amount of pain always in her knee at this point. Pendah realized after these workouts and even some of her own workouts once given the release how out of shape she was. She figured that by taking a kickboxing class and doing some minor exercise that she would keep herself in decent shape. However, Pendah was sensing that the mountain to climb to get back in shape was much taller than she initially anticipated it would be. Check back in a couple of weeks to see how Pendah is progressing!

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