Malysha’s long road back LONG ROAD BACK
Former national senior netball captain Malysha Kelly says she is taking her time as she works her way back from a career-threatening knee injury, which she suffered early last year.
Kelly, a standout defender for the Sunshine Girls, ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in her left knee during a training session with her New Zealand-based ANZ Championships club, Southern Steel, in March 2018. She had successful surgery in April 2018, but suffered a re-rupture four months into her recovery, which led to a second corrective procedure.
The 29-year-old, who shared the mental and physical strain she has endured over the last 20 months, says she is extra careful this time around in ensuring that she is fully fit before attempting to make a return to competitive action.
“Physically and mentally, it has been tough for me just sitting on the sidelines because being active all your life since you were a teenager and just having this injury means that you are not mobile,” Kelly shared.
“It has been really tough for me. After surgery, I was really learning how to walk again, but I am really happy to say that I am running now and changing direction and getting back to the court, and so that is really good,” she added.
“I have been incorporating changing of direction, jumping and landing and so now I am going to do some court work because I miss playing netball.”
She is, however, not putting a timeline on a return to competitive netball, noting that her focus is on ensuring that her injury is fully healed and that she is in the best shape possible before returning to the court.
“At this point, I don’t have a timeline as to when I will be playing competitive netball because I am, basically, managing my process of getting back, and I will take this a day at a time,” said Kelly. “I am being very careful of not getting it (ACL) re-ruptured again, and so I am just taking it slowly.”
“My rehab has been going really great. My strength is coming back into my leg and my agility is coming back as well,” Kelly added.
Kelly, who plays goal defence and goal keeper, has over 40 caps for the Sunshine Girls and last represented the national side in 2017 at the Fast5 tournament in New Zealand.