Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Tough Night for Alex Miller

Sara D Davis/ AP Photo

Wishes for a full recovery go out to senior leader and point guard Alex Miller who sustained multiple injuries during the UNC Women's game this past Friday night. One of the injuries was relatively minor: the other might have ended her season.

In the first half, she jammed finger(s) on her left hand while taking a pass in the backcourt. She went to the bench, got some buddy taping of her fingers, and re- entered the game.

In the second half, on a drive to the basket, she sustained a serious knee injury (a patellar tendon tear). While it's not an ACL, MCL, LCL and/or meniscus tear , it will likely keep her off the court for a while. This type of injury is relatively infrequent, but can occur in jumping athletes, especially those who have had a history of patellar tendonitis.

This weekend, she'll be dealing with pain, frustration, fear, anger, and a whole lot of emotions. I suspect that she'll get the support she needs from friends, family, and teammates to process this, and I hope that she will be able to come to the realization that, even if she may not practice or play with the team again this year, she can still teach, still support, still lead, and still be a factor in her team's success.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comments and thoughtfulness. Alex is remaining positive and will continue to support and help lead her teammates.

Alex Miller & family

Anonymous said...

We Love You Alex!
Just seeing you smiling on the bench when the tarheels came to blacksburg was great!