There was a time when May Roque thought she won’t be able to return to volleyball when an unfortunate knee injury hit her over a year ago.
After all, this was the first major injury that struck her, and the psychological battle to going back is as hard as the physical aspect of the rehabilitation.
“Nandun lahat yung pagsubok na feeling mo hindi ka na makakabalik ulit, lahat ng inggit na nararanasan mo tapos ikaw nanonood,” Roque recalled to Akari Sports.
The spiker from Orani, Bataan was initially diagnosed of an MCL sprain, but doctors later found out that it was an injury to her left ACL and she needed to undergo surgery.
That ended her stint in Season 78. And her stay on the sidelines was extended when Adamson head coach Air Padda decided to not use her for one year.
For Roque, the lengthy road to regaining her form made her a more mature person and player.
“Marami talagang (lessons) nag-grow ako,” she said. “Sa mind ko na hindi ganun kadali maglaro, kailangan pag nandyan ka sa court i-grab mo yung oppportunity kasi baka ayun na yung last na paglalaro mo, tsaka hindi ka laging healthy, laging tama dapat yung galaw mo.”
According to Roque, she has already overcome the mental aspect of the process, but admitted she’s far from 100% physically.
“Nalagpasan ko na yung sa psychological, ano na lang physical, kailangan ko pa maghabol kasi matagal naghinto.”
“Siguro mga nasa 80% na kasi malakas na siya (left knee), kailagan ng maintenance, kailangan ng conditioning hindi sya yung katulad ng wala pang injury na buo yung lakas nya, saka yung sa right kailangan ingatan kasi madalas daw sumusunod yung kabila,” she said.
Asked what pushed her to come back stronger after the unfortunate incident, the open hitter said it was her family and the Adamson Lady Falcons.
“Family ko pa rin na naniwala sila na kailangan kong lagpasan lahat na makakabalik, tsaka teammates ko na nandyan sila lagi. Mas kinakabahan pa nga sila sa akin.”
“Gusto ko ulit talagang patunayan na di porket nainjure ka na, hindi ka na makakabalik,” she added.
The Lady Falcons have been struggling all season long with the absence of Roque, but the open hitter is optimistic that this year will prepare them grow for a more fruitful push in the future.
“Next season talaga ‘yung sobrang okay ng lineup, lahat may experience na. Aabangan talaga yung lineup ng Adamson,” she said.