Vulcan Athlete
Men's Soccer

Vulcan’s Road to Recovery

Vulcan student-athletes are off to a great start here at UH Hilo. The Fall sports squads of cross country, volleyball, and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are underway and just beginning Pacific West Conference play . One student-athlete whose career didn’t begin as planned is soccer player Adam Palochik. The athlete first came to UHH in the Fall of 2015 with a goal of starting as a freshman. His dream came to a sudden halt after tearing his ACL in a training session. “I stepped one way and my knee went the other and I felt a pop,” said Palochik when describing his injury. Palochik came to Hilo all the way from Corona, California. He has been playing soccer for 14 years and had never experienced such a traumatic injury. The Vulcan athlete came to UHH for the soccer scholarship he was given and the promising environment the island provides. An ACL injury is very common among athletes especially soccer players with the high amount of cutting and movements that are involved. An extensive surgery is required after the ligament has been torn. The injured athlete went through his surgical procedure during the winter break in 2015. After the surgery he began doing physical therapy to recover and gain mobility in his knee. He continues to work hard and hopes to see the field this season. “I am strengthening my hips, hamstring and quads to the fullest extent,” he explained.. Although he has never encountered something so mentally and physically challenging, he remains confident that he will return soon again, “With a season ending injury it takes a toll on you but I am working hard everyday to get back as soon as I can”. Article by Destini Soares

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