Ontario, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
James “P.J.” Locke has overcome several injuries during his high school football career. According to Beaumont Enterprise, and despite those injuries, he has received over 30 offers to play for many well-respected universities throughout the country. Locke pulled hamstrings in both his legs on separate occasions, which was aggravated in part by his mild scoliosis. While it may have limited his action on the field, he managed to turn it to his advantage and has football programs chasing him left and right. (Beaumont Enterprise, Locke turns two injuries into over 30 offers, July 7, 2014)
The damage to his legs forced him to play various positions to keep him from re-injuring his hamstrings. He initially started as a defensive back but moved into a new position as a linebacker. He was even able to play cornerback during his time spent at football camps over summer months. Hamstring injuries can take months to heal from, depending on the severity of the injury. Extreme tears may require surgery but P.J. Locke seems to have avoided that route and was able to let his injuries heal on their own (Hamstring Muscle Injuries: AAOS, July 2014).
Although he surely missed being on the field with his teammates during his recovery time, his body needed the time to heal: “P.J. returned healthy enough to play, but still not back to his old self. His father said that he was at 85 percent. P.J.’s lateral movement had not returned to him, so the former defensive back was put at linebacker. Even with the change and missed games, he earned First Team All-District 20-4A honors. And without noticing, P.J. had put together a resume that college coaches dreamed about,” (Locke turns two injuries into over 30 offers: Beaumont Enterprise, July 7, 2014).
“Locke can be counted as lucky in many different ways,” comments Frank N. Darras, America’s disability insurance lawyer to the pros. “Not only has he recovered from serious injuries, he now knows how debilitating nagging injuries can be. He’ll be sure to pay extra close attention to what his body is telling him. Not only will he be hyperaware when his body sends him pain signals but he is now more versatile and experienced with playing a variety of positions on the football field. Universities look for this versatility in their players because they want the best and the brightest for their teams. It also doesn’t hurt that P.J. is a star student and has been able to use his smarts both on and off the field.”
High caliber players with dreams of being in the NFL should be sure to look into disability insurance policies. Sports injuries can leave athletes on the disabled list for a long time or a devastating injury or chronic sickness could mean the end of a career. “It is never too early to start asking questions so I encourage high caliber college players and all current professionals to talk with an experienced insurance agent or a top sports disability attorney today who can walk them through the necessary first steps,” says Darras.
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