Aaron Lowenberg, 17 of Allen, says he couldn’t have played again without the expertise of Dr. Philip Wilson and our sports medicine team. In 2014, Aaron had pain in his knee that was keeping him from enjoying sports. He was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and needed surgery. For some, this problem may keep young athletes from sports completely. But, our MVP just wrapped up his senior football season at Allen High School where the Eagles just made it to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals. We asked Aaron to answer a few questions and here’s what he had to say:
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What sports have you played and when did you focus football? I‘ve played baseball since I was 5, basketball during elementary school, and football since I was 5 (Tackle when I was 8). I began focusing on football during my recovery my sophomore year. Because my recovery prevented me from playing baseball the spring of my sophomore year, I missed a critical season. Because of my size, football seemed like the best choice for me.
What was the most exciting moment for you this football season? For me, I would say being able to go and visit the elementary schools to do reading with the students and being able to connect with them like when I was younger with Reading with The Eagles.
What advice do you have for young athletes? I would have to say to enjoy what you do. Enjoy playing and the process of making it happen. Enjoy the family members that support you and the people that surround you. Because you never know when something so precious can take a sideline. I thank Scottish Rite Hospital for giving me the ability to experience football and what comes with it. With that staff of miracle workers, you are bound to succeed.
Have you ever met anyone else with Osteochondritis Dissecans? I knew someone who made it back to play football in college, so I knew if I did exactly as I should, I would have that chance, too.
Was it hard for you to explain your problem to your coaches and friends? Yes, it was very difficult explaining the injury because of the complexity. And also it was hard because I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning.
When you were released back to football, how long had you been out of the game? 9/21/15 – had been out since 8/12/14, and watched on TV as my teammates won the State Championship. I came back as a Junior through JV, and was pulled up to Varsity the final district game of the season, 11/6/15. It was incredible to get to run through the tunnel with my teammates.
Do you want to continue playing football in college? Yes, it is a goal of mine. It would be a great thing for not only getting to play the sport that I love, but getting a great education for down the road.
Since you are graduating from Allen High School in June, what are your plans next year? To go to a college to continue football and pursue my studies for a major in business and minor in communications.
Congratulations to you and your team on a great football season at Allen High School, we look forward to more success stories from you in the future!
For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.