From ACL Injury to Pro Ball

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By Stephanie Specht on July 5, 2018

Meet Maryah Sydnor. For the past two years she's played professional basketball for the Hørsholm 79ers in Denmark.  

The team racked up two championships and Maryah was named player of the year and Finals MVP. 

It’s exciting,” said Maryah. “It’s all teamwork, so I just reap the benefits which you know it’s nice, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. 

Back in 2016, Maryah was recovering from ACL surgery at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.  

Today she sees her physical therapist for the first time since then.  

"She’s definitely stronger,” said Kasey St. Clair, a physical therapist at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. “I think she is more confident than what I saw when we were first finishing up rehab. 

“Coming back from an ACL is not an injury that you want as an athlete, but to come back the way I have, to feel the way my body and my knee does and how it’s gotten me through two seasons pretty successfully, I couldn’t ask for better,” said Maryah.  

“We’re just here to help people get back to doing what they love and what they want to do, regardless of what that is,” added Kasey. 

Maryah still does some of the exercises she learned in physical therapy along with her other training.  

“I would actually like to get into physical therapy,” said Maryah. “That’s kind of always been my dream and my goal after basketball. It's just a matter of when the basketball dream ends. 

But for at least one more season, that dream is still alive.