When Aleks Golde was in middle school, she was a three-season athlete playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. But when she grew more than 6 inches in one year and injured both of her knees, she was forced to the sidelines.
As a result of her dramatic growth spurt, Aleks developed fat pad impingement, which is when the fatty tissue below the kneecap gets inflamed or pinched. It was a low-grade but chronic aggravating pain. Most physicians recommend a conservative, nonsurgical approach to treatment, and recovery can take a long time. So while Aleks stepped back from her usual activities to give her knees a rest, she tried out a new, lower-impact sport: golf.
“Aleks was told she really couldn’t do anything, and being an athletic kid, that was really hard to adjust to,” said her mom, Evia. “So she picked up a golf club and started taking lessons for fun and realized she was actually pretty good.”