Overcoming injury


Photo provided by: Carla Higgins

Senior Adam Satterly overcame a torn ACL to finish his high school wrestling career on a high note. “My ACL being torn affected me by setting me back in wrestling and my body’s physical health,” Satterly said. “I wasn’t able to move around well and I was on crutches for almost two months and having to relearn how to use my knee.”

Christian Mowry, Journalism 1 Reporter

For the past year, wrestler Adam Satterlee has been battling his torn ACL. He has gone through multiple surgeries and rehabs to get to where he can compete today. 

At a tournament held at Deland High School during the 2020 season, he tore his ACL. He took many weeks off, but when it came to district week he attempted to wrestle through his ACL injury which he worsened during a practice. Adam has always taken good care of injuries and thought he was healthy enough to compete. He has then worked for over a year to get back to where he can wrestle again. 

“I had to go to physical therapy multiple times a week,” Satterlee said. “I also did many workouts on my leg when I was at home.”

ACL’s are more than likely season ending injuries and could take six weeks to six months to fully recover. Satterlee knew during his match that something was wrong, got it evaluated and still continued his match to finish it out.

 “I felt a lot of pain in my knee and disappointment because it ended my season,” Satterlee said. “I really wanted to compete at districts and I couldn’t.”

During Satterlee’s senior night Coach Christopher Labrecque Sr.  named Satterlee a captain for his senior year of wrestling. He joins Christopher Labrecque Jr. and Justice Pratt as the wrestling captains. Satterlee is preparing for his most important tournament of his career, districts. 

“I expected Adam to be out of conditioning shape,” Pratt said. “ I also expected Adam to work hard when he got back, which he did.”

Nursing his injury through a global pandemic was not easy either as he had minimal help through his peers. He rarely left his house and had his girlfriend and his family helped him through some of his worst times. 

“My girlfriend helped me a lot through recovery,” Satterlee said. “She would always come and help me whenever my parents were at work.” 

Many feared that Satterlee’s wrestling career would be over after his painful injury. Satterlee worked hard during the offseason to step back out on the mat and the team was worried about his knee. 

During the occurring pandemic it was hard for people to reach out and help Satterlee nursing his injury. 

“I didn’t help Adam much in his recovery. It was all up to him on how much he wanted to push himself, and how fast,” Pratt said. 

People looked up to Adam on the team because of his consistency and braveness. He always would be one of the first people to have his shoes on ready to go before practice started. Labrecque Sr. appreciated Satterlee being a part of the team. 

“Adam has no filter,” Labrecque Sr. said. “He speaks his mind and you get to see inside his souls more readily than with others. He comes from a wonderful family and is a kind, funny, and like me individual. He’s also a fierce competitor which I admire.”

When people miss practices and tournaments the feel of the team is different. Depending on the person missing or people,  they can tell how the mood of practice is going to be. 

“Adam brings something to the team that is incredibly helpful. Like Mark Nashed, he brings a heartbeat to the room.”