JT Baer

October Comeback Athlete of the Month 2018-19

Our Comeback Athletes are individuals that have had an injury, gone through the necessary recovery and have 'comeback' to play sports again. They have utilized one of our AMP physicians: Dr. Bentley, Dr. Elliott, Dr. Klepps, Dr. Phipps or Dr. Shenton, and used one of AMP's owning partners for some or all of their procedures or recovery: St. Vincent Healthcare, Ortho Montana and Yellowstone Surgery Center.


School: Colstrip High School
Grade: 11
Parents: Tom and Georgi Baer

Injury: Torn ACL, left knee
Doctors: Dr. Shenton
PA:Tad Stichman
Physical Therapist:Bess Reid
Athletic Trainer:Kelly Hurt

Sports & Accomplishments

Fall Sport: Cross Country/baseball

  • Number of years: 2
  • Accomplishments: Academic All-State Honors

Winter Sport: Basketball

  • Number of years Varsity:2
  • Position: Guard
  • Jersey Number:10
  • Accomplishments: Academic All-State, ROTY school award

Spring Sport: Golf

  • Number of years Varsity:2
  • Accomplishments: Academic All-State

Summer Sport: Baseball

  • Number of years Varsity: NA
  • Position: Pitcher, 1st Base, SS
  • Jersey Number: 3
  • Accomplishments: State Champion 13U


When did the first injury happen?
First day of basketball practice last year as a sophomore, November 17th.

What was going through your mind in that moment?
I was praying that it was not something serious and I could come back and play the rest of the season. Anger rushed through me when I felt the pain, and I thought this could not happen to me.

How long were you out before being cleared to play?
9 months

What was involved in your recovery?
6 months of physical therapy. With 2 days a week along with lifting and home exercises every day. Ice is my best friend and helped me recover well.

A Personal Look

Favorite class and/or subject:

Celebrity Crush:
Breanna Stewart, American basketball player

As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional athlete

At the age you are now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A professional athlete, or an engineer.

A pet peeve:
When people chomp on their gum.

What teammate of yours do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram:
KJ Bighead

Who would win an arm wrestling competition on your team:
Probably not

Would you rather: Wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom or vacuum the house?
Mow the lawn

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