TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A former varsity kicker at Marcos De Niza High School thought she’d never walk again after a car accident, but she’s back on the pitch after defying all odds.
Kyrsten Muir is back on the soccer field at her alma mater after a car accident left her with broken vertebrae and a damaged spinal cord a year ago. On Saturday, the anniversary of the accident, her alma mater hosted a special event for Muir, and she again took a few practice kicks.
Muir graduated from De Niza in 2017 and was a multi-sport athlete, playing soccer, volleyball, track and field running, and was a placekicker for the Padres. Muir learned that she would never walk again after her accident. However, after months of physical therapy and multiple surgeries, Muir beat all odds and is now on the Padres staff.
The game was dedicated to him.
“Just to prove to myself that I can do the things I loved doing again and that’s just a big step in my journey,” Muir said.
Last September, Muir was honored at a De Niza football game for her perseverance throughout her career. Muir was on the field for the coin toss and the players wore a No. 12 decal on their helmets in his honor.
Muir went to physical therapy with another former Padre, Chad Dunn. Dunn owns the MOVE Human Performance Center & Physical Therapy Clinic in Chandler and says Muir’s story is an important lesson in life.
“It’s so much more important than the sport,” Dunn said. “It’s the game of life. And Krysten showed us she’s got what it takes.”
Muir said she was nervous about being back on the court, but the reward was indescribable. “Definitely super nervous. Just because of my perfectionist side, the athlete side, and knowing how far I can hit, what it should be like,” Muir explained. “So I was nervous about that, and then once I finally saw him through the uprights, it was like, ‘Oh my God! kind of feeling.”