Carrington's Hendrickson recovers from injury to hoop and pitch
Hendrickson said he still feels very cognizant of the bone and the sensitivity that he still has.
CARRINGTON — Ten months later, Carrington's Lucas Hendrickson still does not feel 100% healed from a traumatic injury that ended his football season prematurely and put his basketball season in jeopardy. But the senior has mostly recovered from his injury to help lead the Cardinals to the No. 2-seed in the upcoming Region 3 baseball tournament on May 23.
Early into the Cardinal’s first football game of the 2021 season against Ellendale/ Edgeley/Kulm on Aug. 20, senior quarterback and cornerback Hendrickson broke his collarbone. The injury kept him out of action for three months, and he returned for the first game of basketball season on Dec. 13.
“For recovery, they didn’t really want any movement with that,” Hendrickson said. “So, for the first month and a half I just spent with no movement at all. There was a period of four weeks where I just worked on strengthening it but I couldn’t lift anything over 5 pounds. After that, my (physical therapist) thought I was good to go, so I worked my way back up to my everyday stuff and lifting and felt good from there.”
Hendrickson was able to play in 21 of his team’s basketball games averaging 16.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists per game. On the diamond he is second on the team with a 1.96 ERA, a 1.66 WHIP and a 29 strikeouts.
Hendrickson credits his success on the mound to his coaches.
“I would just say, good coaching goes a long way with pitching, getting a good arm angle and having people that know what they’re talking about help you and guide you along the way,” Hendrickson said. “Just having other pitchers also helps you on our team.”
As a result of breaking his left collarbone, Hendrickson said his right hand got stronger to compensate for the lack of using his left hand.
“It was a lot of time without moving it or anything,” Hendrickson said. “I spent a lot of time carrying stuff with my right hand. It was a lot of getting used to working on new things and eating and stuff with my right hand, just normal everyday tasks like that. I felt like I noticed it in basketball, my right hand felt more smooth and stronger overall.”
The bone came dangerously close to his carotid artery necessitating surgery to prevent possible incidents.
Hendrickson was chomping at the bit to get back and said he was really excited when he was given the go ahead to suit up again for the Cardinals basketball team.
“I was really excited,” Hendrickson said. “You don’t realize how much you miss competing when you’re sitting out, sitting on the bench watching. It was really fun to be back out there with my guys.”
Hendrickson said as the basketball season went along he felt his collarbone getting stronger and stronger.
“I never really noticed it during the basketball season,” Hendrickson said. “I could just feel it here and there. I could tell that it was a little weaker. Throughout the season, I knew it was getting better and toward the end I felt like I was playing pretty well with it.”
Cardinals head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach Wayne Shipman has seen his progress from injury to the end of the baseball regular season.
“I know he had a good basketball season after recovering from it,” Shipman said. “Baseball has gone pretty well, he’s done a really good job pitching for us so I don’t think he’s had any issues with it.”