Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pointing to the Future out Almost Two Full Seasons with an Injury, South Park Grad Working to Regain His Form

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pointing to the Future out Almost Two Full Seasons with an Injury, South Park Grad Working to Regain His Form

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Billy Stanley can't wait to get back to breaking records.

A standout javelin thrower at South Park High School who graduated in 2012, Stanley is looking to make his return to the field this summer after missing almost two full college seasons.

After an outstanding freshman season at Ohio State in 2013, Stanley knew something didn't feel right with his throwing arm after his third meet of the 2014 season, despite collecting first- place finishes in all three.

"I told the trainers I felt like I had no power throwing, but I was still doing decently well," Stanley said. "They shut me down for a few weeks to try to bring the inflammation down and see if anything would change when I came back to throw."

Unfortunately, nothing did.

"When I came back, I still couldn't throw, so they completely shut me down for the rest of the [2014] season," Stanley said. "I rehabbed all summer, and when I came back the next fall, I still couldn't throw."

Stanley got an MRI on his elbow and the results were just as he feared - his ulnar collateral ligament was completely torn. Last November, Stanley underwent Tommy John surgery - a procedure usually performed on baseball players, especially pitchers - to repair his UCL. The surgery was a success, and he has been on his way to recovery ever since.

"After surgery, they said my arm should be at full range of motion in four weeks," Stanley said. "I was at full range of motion at three-and-a-half weeks. I rehabbed for a couple months, and then we did a baseball progression throw. We got through all that, and I did very well with it and nothing hurt, so we moved on a couple weeks ago and started throwing a javelin.

"There is a whole progression with that, so many throws each day at a certain distance, and every day we back up the distance and add in more throws."

Stanley is now confident that he will be able to return to full strength before the end of the summer. …

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