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Sunrise Christian Academy’s Kanoa Ashley – Advanced Physcial Therapy Student of the Month

Kanoa Ashley is a basketball player at Sunrise Christian Academy but at one time, it was a struggle to play the sport he loves. When a nagging injury required more attention, it placed Ashley on the sideline. “I had fractured my left foot. After not healing by itself, it eventually required surgery where the doctors put a screw in it,” said Ashley. 

That meant no basketball while the foot healed. Once the healing was complete, the real work started to get his foot back in playing shape while Ashley built confidence into the work that was done. Ashley said the rehab on the injury went very smooth. “Rehab was a fairly smooth process for me. The staff at APT helped me progress every time I came in. They attended to my specific needs and pushed me when things got hard. I appreciate all the work they did with me,” said Ashley. “Not being able to be on the court was the hardest part. Seeing everyone else get better while I was injured was hard.” 

Ashley said he loves his teammates and being around them is like being around family. 

“I love how off the court we are all great friends. We all get along well and love to hangout. Then, on the court, we all make each other better by competing every day. It’s a great group of guys to be around,” said Ashley. 

Ashley said the workouts at Advanced Physical Therapy helped him get back to the sport he loves, but it is his mother who has been a big influence throughout his life. “My mom has been the biggest influence in my life, on and off the court. She showed my brother and I how to work hard from a young age and has always been there for us. I can’t thank her for all she has done and continues to do,” said Ashley. 

Now that the foot is ready to go, Ashley is thinking about his future again. “I’m now fully recovered and back on the court working every day,” he said. “I graduated in the spring of 2021 from Valley Center and am currently playing on the Post Grad Basketball team at Sunrise Christian Academy. I hope to play basketball at a high level in college after this prep year.” 

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