Julia Peterson

February 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 or Dr. Phipps 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: Billings Central Catholic High School

Grade: 11

Parents: Paul and Kristy Peterson

Injury: Torn Anterior Talofibular Ligament (Torn Ankle Ligament) - Right Foot
Doctor: James Elliott, MD
Athletic Trainer: Cody Osborne

Sports & Accomplishments

Winter Sport 1: Swimming

  • Number of years Varsity: 3
  • Position: sprinter
  • Events: freestyle, butterfly, and relays
  • Accomplishments: 2 time academic all-state and all-state honors, team captain, second overall at state three times, won the state championship 2018, lettered both years

Winter Sport 2: Basketball

  • Number of years Varsity: 2 (started playing basketball sophomore year)
  • Position: post
  • Jersey Number: 55
  • Accomplishments: lettered and achieved academic all-state my first year playing as a sophomore, Q2 athlete of the week

Spring Sport: Track

  • Number of years Varsity: 1 (started as a sophomore)
  • Events: high jump, 400, 800, 1600, 4x400
  • Accomplishments: lettered and achieved academic all-state my first year competing

Summer Sport: Club swimming

  • Events: freestyle, butterfly, relays
  • Accomplishments: qualified for USA Swimming Futures Championship, Speedo Senior Sectionals, numerous individual and team state championships, multiple team records


When did the first injury happen? My first year of basketball as a sophomore, I tore the ligament in my right ankle during practice in January.

What was going through your mind in that moment? I was freaking out in my head because my ankle was the size of an orange and state for swimming was about 3 weeks away.

How long were you out before being cleared to play? I played in a basketball game 3 days later and a swim meet the day after that. I then took some time off to rehab, but didn’t know the extent of my injury until track season when I was still having a decent amount of pain. I then got an MRI and realized my ligament had been torn the whole time.

What was involved in your recovery? I finished out the track season, and then took time off training for basketball and club swimming to rehab. I went to physical therapy and got a cortisone shot.

A Personal Look

Favorite class and/or subject: Biology (it’s very hard, but beneficial to my career options)

Celebrity Crush: Liam Hemsworth

As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? a doctor

At the age you are now, what do you want to be when you grow up? something in the medical field, right now considering a neonatal nurse

A pet peeve: people chomping on their food

What teammate of yours do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram: Cindy Gray

Who would win an arm wrestling competition on your team: Olivia Moten-Schell

Would you rather: Wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom or vacuum the house? None of the above ;)

Photo Credit: Alsa Photography

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