A Broken Shoulder Does Not Mean a Broken Dream: Critt Johnson

Mr. Johnson. Photo courtesy of Critt Johnson
Mr. Johnson. Photo courtesy of Critt Johnson

by Breyon Gaddy

Meet the senior Critt Johnson. He reclassified to Bishop Sullivan from Cox High School last year because he dislocated his shoulder diving on the ground at football camp at Liberty University doing a drill in the summer of 2013. His nickname is Cricket; he’s 6 feet 6 inches tall and wears a size 14 shoe.

Mr. Johnson tore his labrum.  

“When I fell, I felt my shoulder pop and could not move it. Therefore, I knew something was wrong and most likely that my shoulder was dislocated. So, I popped my shoulder back in myself,” said Mr. Johnson.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons describes the shoulder as follows:  “The head of the upper arm bone is usually much larger than the socket, and a soft fibrous tissue rim called the labrum surrounds the socket to help stabilize the joint. The rim deepens the socket by up to 50% so that the head of the upper arm bone fits better. In addition, it serves as an attachment site for several ligaments.”

After five months of rehabilitation, Mr. Johnson went back to playing basketball, only to dislocate and re-injure his shoulder again.  

The result of the second injury after the first surgery was a broken glenoid, which is a fracture of the socket bone. Because of the two shoulder injuries he hasn’t played football in a year.  He missed out on his senior year  at Cox because of his shoulder where they had the best record and won their first playoff win in school history  in 2013. Their record was 9 wins and 3 losses.

“I didn’t play because of my shoulder, but I was happy for them,” said Mr. Johnson.

The latest about Mr.Johnson’s  shoulder is he can go back to practice, and he can go hard, but if he is  hurting  he can slow down.  In this upcoming season he is  playing basketball and will play if his shoulder is feeling good because he doesn’t want  to hurt it like last time doing a drill during practice.

Mr. Johnson is a power forward  in high school basketball but when he gets to college he would be shooting guard/small forward. Due to being a different position in high school, the same skills which he uses now won’t apply to the position in college, so he would have to change his style of play.

Mr. Johnson  said this football year is going well and his shoulder  is getting better. He’s getting into the game more now; he’s getting better and he is trying to get his feel for the game by going up against 5-star  players on the team in practice. He is coming back fast.

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