Alejandro not thrown off by injury

By Austin Eck —

 

Nick Alejandro, 2008 Fredericksburg High School graduate, has a talent that allows him to throw heavy objects great distances. To do this, arm strength, balance and foot work are essential.

In 2012, the two-sport athlete was practicing for the Angelo State University (ASU) football team when he tore a ligament in the elbow of his throwing arm.

Originally, it was thought to be a minor injury, but it turned out to be a major injury that left Alejandro worried about his future as a football player and his abilities to throw discus, shot put and hammer.

He remembers waiting for the trainer to tell him what the injury was.

“I was kind of a nervous wreck waiting for him to walk in. I was shaking,” Alejandro said.

He was told that he had two options: let the elbow heal itself or undergo surgery. Either way, he would lose a year of eligibility.

Trainers and Alejandro sought second and third opinions on how to treat the injury.

“It was weeks and weeks we talked about it,” he said.

Ultimately, it was decided that the best option was to let the elbow heal without surgery. The consequence was that Alejandro would redshirt both football and track and field for 2012.

Also, he had to make a decision. He could continue to play football and give up throwing events or he could leave the football team and compete only in throwing events.

After four years of playing nose guard for the ASU Rams, he left the team to focus on throwing full time. 

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