Do athletes feel guilty if they cause teammates' injuries?

Mar 31, 2019

INJURIES are, as much as athletes try to avoid it, are inevitable.

It’s really a scary scene to see an athlete go down with a bone fracture, a sprained ankle, a swollen muscle or heavy bleeding after a collision with another player.

More so if that player is your teammate and you blame yourself for causing the injury.

No matter how other people tell you it’s part of the game and it’s not your fault, you can’t help but feel the burden.

Take for example University of the Philippines rookie libero Mirgie Bautista, who, momentarily, was so worried for her teammate Isa Molde.

During their match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the MOA Arena, the UP top hitter sustained a left knee and ankle injury when she tried to avoid landing on Bautista, who went for a coverage for the ball.

“Sobra po [akong nag-worry], as in,” said Bautista, who held on Molde immediately after her fall.

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“Hindi ko na po naramdaman ‘yung sakit na nadaganan niya ako, siya na lang po ang inalala ko kanina kaya ‘di ko po talaga siya mabitawan. Noong ‘di po siya makatayo talagang hinawakan ko lang po siya kasi nag-alala po talaga ako sa kanya,” she added.

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    Bautista could vividly recall what happened during that play in the second set, where Ateneo was ahead, 4-0.

    “Naramdaman ko lang po sa likod ko na may tumuhod sa akin,” she said. “Buti nasalo ko po siya kaya hindi po talaga napuruhan kung ano mang parte ng katawan ni Ate Isa. Buti sprain lang po ang nangyari.”

    “Actually, hindi ko nga rin po nakita kasi nanggaling po siya sa likod ko eh,” she added. “Pag-cover ko po, pakuha ko ng bola, paalis pa lang po ako, hindi ko po nakita kung mababa o mataas ‘yung set.”

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    “So hindi ko po alam kung paano siya bumagsak sa akin kasi nasa taas ko po siya or nasa likod ko lang po siya. Hindi ko, actually, nakita,” she continued.

    Molde was stretchered off the court and was immediately brought to the dugout.

    After some initial check up, she was rushed to Philippine General Hospital for further medical exams.

    Although UP lost the game in straight sets, 23-25, 16-25, 23-25, Bautista was relieved that Molde was safe from any major injury.

    UP coach Godfrey Okumu confirmed that Molde sustained an ankle sprain and she can come back by next week.

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