INJURED Ateneo Lady Eagles standout Maddie Madayag hopes to get back in full health both physically and mentally in time for the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.
Although the volleyball season will start next year, the incoming third year middle blocker, who was sidelined due to right knee ACL she suffered during practice on March 15, is not wasting time in her recovery.
The 18-year old Davao native spends four hours of therapy every day and constantly goes for her regular check-up with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.
“(I’m) getting better, ongoing pa din ang therapy. I have I think four more months to go. Hopefully I can play sa UAAP,” shared Madayag.
But the trauma still haunts Madayag six months after her injury.
“It’s actually mentally hard kasi sometimes I watch their (Lady Eagles) games and some of them land on one foot lang, eh I landed in one foot that’s why I got injured,” she said.
“So I was like, ‘Whoo! Chill!’ Trauma talaga pero mindset lang talaga na kaya nga nagte-therapy para mas lalakas ‘yung knee,” she added.
Madayag hopes to be cleared to join practice by November and will be able to participate in the drills.
“I’m not cleared yet by doctor Canlas to join the practice. Sabi dapat eight months ang recovery ko, so by November siguro I can train with them,” she said. “Sometimes (I go to training), noong na-injure pa nga lang ako miss ko na maglaro but ayun talaga, it takes time for the recovery.”