Athlete of the Month - August 2019

Moriah Ortiz

Moriah Ortiz

What was the hardest part about coming back from your injury?

For me personally, the hardest part about coming back from my injury was conquering the fear of getting injured again. After tackling four surgeries in four years, I began to change my mentality as an athlete. This caused me to be fearful of playing again, rather than excited. Having to train my mind to replace my negative thoughts with positive ones was probably the most difficult part of the recovery.

What was the best part about going through this?

I learned a lot about myself, and what I was capable of mentally and physically. I was also shown throughout my recovery that although being an athlete was a big part of my upbringing and continues to be a big part of my life, it is not my identity. God’s glory continues to be so evident throughout this whole process. I met so many amazing people, got back my excitement for the game, and grew a lot as an athlete and person.

Who is your role model?

I consider my dad as my role model. He is one of the hardest working, wisest, and kindest people I have ever known. He continues to inspire me as he uses these qualities to accomplish his dreams. He is a light to everyone he comes in contact with, and has always been such a great example for me and my sisters.

How was your experience at TMI Sports Medicine?

TMI Sports Medicine made my recovery so fun. I genuinely enjoyed rehabbing each week because of the awesome staff. They were so encouraging and helped me get my confidence back very quickly. I knew from my first appointment, that I was in great hands. Through TMI Sports Medicine, I have progressed greatly, and I am ready to return to the field.

What are your future goals?

My future goals as an athlete is to do my best to help my team succeed and win a championship. My goal after college is to become a Sports Psychologist. At some point I would love to work for a professional sports team.

Abilene Christian University


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Family sports background: My dad grew up playing baseball. He played professionally, and is the current hitting coach for the Rangers. My sister also played softball at Ouachita Baptist University.

Top sports accomplishments: State Runner-up, 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-District, Defensive MVP, Offensive MVP.