Jolliffe Back From Injury

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As Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks at a long recovery after his torn ACL and dislocated knee, UMary quarterback Ben Jolliffe can feel his pain. Jolliffe tore his ACL last year and after a long recovery, he’s ready to go for Saturday’s season opener.

(Rhonda Olson, UMary trainer)
“The worst thing I ever have to do is to tell somebody their season is over “
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
In a game against Bemidji St., head trainer Rhonda Olson had to do exactly that to Ben Jolliffe who tore his ACL. As soon as it happened his mind started racing
(Ben Jolliffe, Umary QB)
“That’s the process you go through. You get injured and then it’s the anticipating trying to find out what’s going on, going through different MRIs, trying to figure out exactly what is wrong, so it’s a long process for that,”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
The recovery, which with an ACL injury, usually takes 6-9 months was hard on Jolliffe
(Ben Jolliffe, UMary QB)
“It’s just different than anything I’ve had to do before with this type of injury. Coming back you feel almost unathletic and you have to build that confidence back so it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do,”
(Rhonda Olson, UMary trainer)
“You just have to stay positive for them and also be very aware of their ups and downs and their emotions because it’s a physical thing but for most of them you’re taking a big part of their life when they can’t practice, when they can’t play, when they’re watching their teammates play,”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Ben was able to start playing in the spring game back in April even though he was on track to, it still made Olson pretty nervous
(Rhonda Olson, trainer)
“I had a couple heart attacks in spring ball when he was taking off carrying the ball
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Athletes have a lot of confidence in their ability. When you take that ability away for awhile, it can be pretty scary to them. As Jolliffe gets ready to play his first game in 11 months, he doesn’t let that fear creep in.
(Ben Jolliffe, UMary QB)
“You just have to be able to fall back on all the rehab that you did and trust it. As long as you’re okay with this type of injury and knowing that you prepared yourself for a full recovery, that 100%, then there’s nothing to fear about”
(johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Olson has a close relationship with the atheltes that rehab with her. They’re together almost every day trying to get back to 100 percent so when they do, she gets a little emotional.
(Rhonda Olson, trainer)
“It’s going to be rewarding for me. There’s a lot of pride there just knowing how much time he put in. Excited for him but a little bit scared, but I’m a little bit scared with each of them walking out there. You never know what’s going to happen,”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
He couldn’t walk last October, but after a lot of hard work with Olson, Jolliffe can’t wait to start playing again
(Ben Jolliffe, Umary QB)
“It’s been a long road, almost a whole entire year so I’m excited to get back, excited to be around my teammates,”
 

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