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Injuries on the Green: NCAA Golfer Michele Schambs Competes in Tournament with Broken Foot

Posted by on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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A National Collegiate Athletic Associate golfer didn’t want to let a broken foot get in the way of a good tournament. Michele Schambs landed in the news headlines when she won her first golf tournament April 13-14 at the Walsh Invitational in Canton, Ohio,… broken foot and all! Sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City come across these scenarios all the time. Talented players want to return to the sports they love, without missing a beat. One of our chief goals is to help athletes do just that.

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Women golfers are tough, competitive, and determined. We wouldn’t dare try to stand in their way. Instead, we help them get back to the game with an active recovery.
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Who Is Michele Schambs?

Michele Schambs was recently selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week.” The University of Findlay junior hails from Chillicothe, Ohio, and has placed in several major competitions, including:

– 2nd at Tiffin (159)

– 3rd at Bellarmine (77)

– 10th at Ohio Dominican (155)

– Tied 11th at Grand Valley (158)

– Tied 12th at Ferris (155)

– Tied 18th at GLIAC Championship (254)

– 18th at NCAA D II East Regional (238)

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She may look like your average college student, but this girl has a passion for the game of golf like no other!

 

Schambs was named first team all-Ohio and was a first team all-Scioto Valley Conference pick. She was named first team all-Southeast District three times, earned the Southeast District Player of the Year award twice, and went on to win the Southeast District Tournament. Currently, she holds school records for lowest 9-hole score (34) and lowest 18-hole score (72).

How Was Schambs Injured?

It was just supposed to be a quick game of racquetball before golf practice with a few Findlay teammates. Chasing a ball, Schambs’ left foot landed wrong and let out a devastating “pop” sound. She was able to hobble away from the court, thinking she had stubbed her toe badly, but it turns out her foot had been broken. “I was crying,” Schambs recalled. “I told my coach, and his face just fell. I was worried that I probably wouldn’t play this season. I was just disappointed and sad. It was just terrible. I was so mad at myself.”

How Quickly Did She Recuperate?

The injury occurred back in late February. As soon as she could, the athlete ditched her walking boot. She stretched and iced her foot twice a day when it felt sore. She played the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational in Winter Springs, Florida, where she finished 50th. Realizing she wasn’t playing up to par, she sat out of the NCAA DII Spring Fling and the Ohio Dominican Invitational. Then she came back and won the Walsh Invitational in Canton, Ohio in mid-April. Despite her injury, she shot a 1-over-par score of 72 and carried her team to 6th place in the NCAA Division II national championships at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa.

Can You Golf with a Foot Injury?

“There really isn’t that much difficulty just walking on it,” she told the NCAA. “In the first tournament, I was more cautious about where I was walking and placing my foot. I still have to do that. There are some places that I’ll put my foot and it’ll hurt, but most of the time, I’m okay with just walking. It really didn’t affect my swing or anything.”

Thankfully, Michele’s family, friends and teammates have been incredibly supportive of her during her recovery — giving her rides to practice and making sure she wasn’t on her foot all the time.  Having the right support team dedicated to your rehabilitation is crucial, especially when you’ve suffered a debilitating foot injury that makes it extraordinarily difficult to get around. In addition to family and friends, a trusted physical therapist and sports medicine doctor is your best ally.

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An air cast or walking boot helps you remain active and recover, without putting pressure on the injured bones, joints, muscles, and tendons.
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Recover from Sports Injury with Support System in New York

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine helps athletes rebound quickly, without incurring greater injury. Half the trouble people face is not the initial injury itself, but complications from re-injuring themselves, because they weren’t sure how to return to sports training gracefully. Our dedicated team of professionals will guide you every step of the way. Book an appointment in Manhattan or Westchester online.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.