Taylor Yeager remembers a season where instead of playing basketball, he nursed a broken foot, but learned some important life lessons in the process: like not giving up.
It was my senior year at Kearns High School and I was preparing my skills for the 2011-2012 basketball season. I was helping my coach out with a skills camp, when in the middle of a drill I landed awkwardly on my right foot. I heard a loud pop and I instantly felt the pain in my foot. As I hobbled off the court, I sat down to take the pressure off my injured foot and took my shoe off. When I got my shoe and sock off, my foot was swollen and it was rapidly turning purple and blue.
With the pain being so extreme, I knew something was really wrong with my foot. My parents helped me to the car so that they could take me to the hospital to get x-rays. When the x-ray results came back, I found out that I had broke the 5th metatarsal. I didn’t know how to deal with it because I had never been in that position before. As a young adult, I never knew that facing adversity would be this tough.
I had to watch my teammates prepare for the season as I sat back on my butt waiting for my foot to heal. I experienced a lot of sadness, frustration, and even doubts started to creep into my mind. I started to think if I should hang my shoes up and quit playing basketball all together. As I was leaving the hospital, the doctor told me that the bone that I broke was going to take about a month or more to heal so I was going to miss the first 3 games of the season. I had to keep myself focused on what the bigger goal was. In the meantime, I caught myself up with school and stayed after classes and received some tutoring help.
Once I finally got back on the court, I was very eager to practice and play in the next game. My first game back was against Tooele High School who was considered to be a tough opponent. I was very nervous when game time came, but when my name was called to enter the game off the bench, the anxiety went away. I instantly made an impact by scoring 9 points in the first quarter and finishing the game with 18 points all together. My teammates were very proud that I was back playing, but even more so, my coach was filled with joy. At this point, I knew it was going to be a fun and long season.