“I had ruptured the entire thing, which is apparently the best thing you can do, but at the time I thought it was all over.”
After seeking expert advice, Jackson found out that, while she would be on crutches for a few days and feel some pain, her foot would completely heal in a few weeks, which it did.
She would go on to win the most valuable player award in the NBL1 East and lead her Bandits to the women’s title, but she needed every possible game to rebuild her confidence in her body.
“That first month [of NBL1] was rocky and I lost massive confidence,” Jackson said.
“So, every game I started working on things that my brain felt I couldn’t do.
“Recently, I just shot my first jump shot in a game that went in, and I was just so happy – every day I am getting better and things are starting to feel better. It’s just been a dream come true as I thought I could…