Athletes have to overcome adversity many times throughout their career. There are different kinds of adversity, from injuries to getting benched to personal reasons. Injuries are extremely common when competing in sports.
For Alexis Brinza, a softball and basketball player at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis, her injury was not a deterrent to her scholastic career.
Almost a year ago, Alexis tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) right before Christmas. This effectively ended her sophomore year of high school sports. She began training at Daman Strength Training two months prior, and after her injury, still continued with her training because of her attitude and positive frame of mind.
Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vonda Wright operated to repair her torn ACL. 10 days later, she was back at DST working out, going about her routine, and getting stronger. I spoke with her dad, Archie Brinza, about Alexis’ dedication to improving her upper body strength.