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WLM | health he started center for 17 games, including 15 of the final 16 games of the season. Gem City), to help him get back in the game. Premier has a long history of supporting UW athletes by providing team physicians who attend all athletes. Under the guidance of then head team physician Dr. Jay Carson, an MRI scan revealed a torn meniscus, one of two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that cushion your shinbone and thighbone. When functioning correctly, menisci protect the knee joint from the stresses of movements like walking, running, and bending—critical activities for a basketball player. Adam was faced with two choices: to repair the tear, or to simply remove it. Since repairing the tear would mean a longer recovery time, Adam opted for the partial removal of his meniscus. The process would be done via an arthroscopy, a routine minimally invasive surgery that allows orthopedic surgeons to examine and treat joints through a small incision. With reassurances from Dr. Carson that everything 52 would be done to get his knee back in tip-top shape, Adam went into surgery with the full confidence that he would rejoin his teammates soon. The arthroscopy was scheduled for late October, and Adam was on the court in mid-November, missing only two games. It was a quick turnaround, but surgery isn’t the end of an injury—it’s only a step along the way. The next step is recovery, a process that is often more painful than the injury. “You find yourself doing things you never thought about,” explains Adam. “Recovery is when the real work begins.” He was in the training room twice a day, strengthening his quads and re-developing his knee’s range of motion. His most vivid memories of the experience are the pain of the weights on his knees and the endless rotations of ice. Adam describes the agony of a slow recovery process, “My knee felt so good, it was hard to hold back.” His patience and persistence paid off—that season Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2015 His last season as a Cowboy, the swelling in his knee returned. Worried about his ability to go professional, Adam went to Premier with the faith that they could fix him again. Another MRI scan revealed floating cartilage, and once again Adam successfully underwent arthroscopic surgery. This time, his surgeon was team physician Dr. Mark McKenna, whose confidence inspired Adam’s trust—a feeling that continues even today, over four years later, as they work together professionally. Adam jokes, “I’d trust Dr. McKenna to open my knee anytime.” The second recovery was longer than the first, but Adam’s knee gradually returned to normal thanks to Dr. McKenna and the phenomenal training team at UW. These days, he says his knee feels like it was never injured. As a Development Officer for the Cowboy Joe Club—the fundraising arm of the athletics program at UW—he is passionate as ever about UW athletics, traveling the state and reaching out to Cowboy fans and former athletes. The money he helps raise goes to scholarships and resources for the next generation of brown and gold. Proud to support his alma mater, Adam says, “It’s my turn to give back.” Premier Bone and Joint Centers has been serving UW and Wyoming’s orthopedic needs for over 40 years, with 12 locations across the state. To schedule an appointment with Premier, call 307745-8851 or visit our website at www. premierboneandjoint.com. WL M