Two Knee Surgeries Later, She’s Still Playing Soccer

The Jewish News
Steve Stein

Steve Stein

Above: Allie Brodsky, a two-year captain of the Kalamazoo College women’s soccer team, is greeted by teammates.

Soccer and family have always been big parts of Allie Brodsky’s life.

She played soccer for four years at Birmingham Marian High School (2010-2013), coached by her father, Barry Brodsky. Allie was a team captain, All-State defender, and state champion with the Mustangs in 2010 and 2012.

Then she was off to Kalamazoo College to play soccer, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Kari.

Wearing No. 12, like Kari did, Allie’s four years with the Hornets (2013-2016) had their ups and downs.

A defender, Allie was an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in her sophomore and junior years, served as team captain as a junior and senior, and led Kalamazoo to the regular-season MIAA title (its first since 1999) as a senior and MIAA tournament appearances three straight years.

On the flip side, Allie underwent ACL surgeries on her right knee that put a crimp in her freshman and senior seasons. She was injured in mid-September games both years.

Despite those two surgeries, Allie’s soccer playing days aren’t over.

Now age 22, she’s on the North Oakland Soccer Company team that plays in the Michigan Premier Soccer League’s women’s division after playing in a coed soccer league this winter at Oakland Yard Athletics in Waterford Township.

Kalamazoo College defender Allie Brodsky (left) challenges an opponent.
Kalamazoo College defender Allie Brodsky (left) challenges an opponent.

“I love soccer. I can’t imagine not playing it,” she said. “No matter how many surgeries I have, I’ll always find my way back to soccer.”

Fighting her way back to health twice to play soccer again wasn’t easy. Here’s her advice for others facing the same challenge:

“You can’t be afraid to lean on the people around you. They want you to be happy,” she said. “You have to take things one day at a time, one adversity at a time. You’ll have good days and bad days.”

After graduating from Kalamazoo with a degree in biology, she now works at the Detroit Medical Center near Downtown Detroit as a research assistant in the emergency room.

“In the research department, we look for ways to make treatment better for people with diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, so they don’t have to come to our ER as often,” she said. “We want their treatment to be outpatient, not as an admitted patient.”

She loves the work, she says, and has a goal of being accepted into medical school and beginning her studies in fall 2019.

Allie’s two older sisters are professionals. Rachel is an accountant in Colorado and Kari is an endodontist in the Detroit area.

Rachel and Kari both went to Birmingham Groves High School and played soccer there.

When it came time for her to go to high school, Allie said, her parents Barry and Jane Brodsky gave her the option to attend Marian and she made that choice partially because of the opportunity to play soccer for her father, who is in his 17th season as coach this spring.

“I loved my time at Marian,” she said about the private Catholic school.

She selected Kalamazoo for college because of its strong science programs, she said, and because family and friends could watch her play without having to drive too far.

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