Making a Comeback

Making a Comeback

By Lucas Gilmore


I’ve had the great opportunity to speak to SHS Freshman, Wyatt Schmidt, about what happened to him last October 13th in a Junior High football game. Schmidt was playing in a game versus Hutch Trinity, and in the first quarter, something awful happened to him.

Schmidt explained,” I was dived into by one of my teammates from behind, and that’s how I hurt my knee.”

Schmidt continued to play through pain for a few plays, until one of the coaches pulled him out.  At the time, he thought it was only a hyperextension, but that was unfortunately not the case

Schmidt said,”My ACL was torn as well my meniscus being partially torn, and a bone was cracked.”

 Schmidt’s case was a bit different than usual for doctors. Since this injury is pretty rare for someone as young as he was, some doctors weren’t quite sure what to do about the surgery needed to repair his torn ligaments. Schmidt was told of a few different possibilities before finding the place to get his surgery. He got his surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Schmidt stated, “I had to wait two to three months before I could get my surgery”, he also added, “They took part of my IT band out, stretched around my femur and then in front of my tibia.”

This must be a very delicate process, so we’re thankful that it went well and Wyatt has made a full recovery. After his surgery, Schmidt waited about a week until he started rehab. Schmidt had a total rehab period of nine months, which is longer than patients who had conventional ACL surgeries as most finish rehab five to six months after surgery. Again, Schmidt did not have the usual ACL surgery, the reason his recovery time was longer. Schmidt has most all of his strength back, but said,”I’m a little slower than I used to be, but I don’t have any mobility issues or anything of the sort.”

Schmidt explained,”I was cleared at the start of the year after nine months of rehab”, he also added, “I’m excited to be playing basketball this year, and my goal is to go ‘full tilt’ the whole year.”