Sidelined Stories

Sidelined Stories

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Stories of sidelined athletes who overcame their setback of no longer being able to compete in their sport due to career-ending injury, health condition, or concussion risk. Explore their journey through their ups and downs.


Matthew Harris, Former Northwestern Football Player
Sep 19, 2019 • 53 min
Having experienced multiple concussions in his football career, Northwestern University cornerback Matthew Harris understood the risks he was taking returning to play. Following recovery from another severe concussion, Matthew knew he had some hard deci…
Chrissy Papetti, Former Performing Arts Athlete
Jun 13, 2019 • 52 min
Following a severe labrum tear that derailed her dancing career in college, Chrissy Papetti spent the next several years working through an intense physical recovery on top of the emotional journey following the loss of her craft. Many athletes sideline…
Val Jones, Former Competitive Figure Skater
Apr 7, 2019 • 41 min
With her sights set on earning a spot on the Olympic ice skating team, Val Jones was devastated when at 18, she was told she could never skate again following one severe knee injury. Just one triple lutz gone wrong and everything she had worked for her …
Sports Medicine Careers and the Sidelined Athlete
Mar 11, 2019 • 38 min
Sidelined from their sports due to injury, many athletes begin to wonder, “What’s next for me?” When that sidelining event corresponds with reflections about future career choices, many find a logical connection to the field of sports medicine. Sports…
Dexter Hollingsworth, Quarterback, St. Martin High School
Nov 14, 2018 • 33 min
His freshman year of high school, Dexter Hollingsworth faced the complex decision to discontinue football due to a series of concussions that left him vulnerable to long-term brain health damage if he continued. Dexter shares about this difficult decisi…
Johnathan Franklin, Running Back, Green Bay Packers
Sep 25, 2018 • 46 min
It’s been said that there’s no testimony without a test. For NFL Player, Johnathan Franklin, that test was an unforgiving and brutal reality check that one play can destroy an athlete’s career at any moment’s notice. Listen to accomplished RB, Johnathan…
Alissa Boyhtari, Hockey Player, Multi-sport Athlete
Sep 20, 2018 • 45 min
The story of how one major concussion sidelined Alissa Boyhtari’s hockey career and forced her to carve a different path forward. Alissa shares her experience with concussions during her teen years and the pressure she felt to “tough it out” as a compet…
Sidelined Stories: Jonathan Meldrum, Offensive Tackle, Syracuse University Football
Aug 21, 2018 • 36 min
The story of Jonathan Meldrum, a former Syracuse offensive tackle. Jonathan opens up about his battle with depression during his collegiate career as well as the depression he experienced after becoming permanently sidelined due to repeat knee injuries…
Sidelined Interview: Sue Rosenstock
Aug 15, 2018 • 31 min
Following a sidelining back injury, Sue’s teenage son Evan fell into depression. Being separated from his sport and feeling uncertain about his future prospects with his athletic aspirations, Evan began to feel hopeless. Despite efforts to get Evan the…
Chris Norton, Safety, Luther College Football
Jun 26, 2018 • 18 min
The story of Chris Norton, a former football player for the Luther College Norse. His career ended when he became paralyzed while making a tackle during a kick off. He was given a 3% chance of ever regaining movement below the neck, but, through grit and…
Brett Ball, Guard, South Carolina Basketball
Mar 20, 2018 • 18 min
The story of Brett Ball, a former basketball player for South Carolina who was forced to quit competition in college after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Brett opens up about her resistance to getting help from a sports psychologist, her anger …
Devin Hedgepeth, Cornerback, Oklahoma State
Feb 26, 2018 • 15 min
The story of Devin Hedgepeth, a former football player who last played football for Oklahoma State. Devin was a projected first round draft pick for the NFL but was forced to walk away from football after one too many Achilles tears. Devin speaks of the…
Erin Walter, Former Professional Soccer Player
Jan 20, 2018 • 25 min
The story of Erin Walter, a former midfielder who last played for the Saint Louis Athletica. Repeat injuries sidelined Erin permanently and altered the course of her life. Erin speaks of the hardships of having to walk away from a life of soccer and the…