Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pushing the Limits on Performance and Recovery

The cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine has a compelling story about ski jumper Sara Hendrik's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She out jumped the training facility safe zone in Germany soaring one and a half football fields. Her landing was good except she came in too fast and ruptured her ACL,MCL and meniscus. She is now racing the clock to try and get her knee rehabbed in time for the Winter Games putting 35 hour weeks at the gym. If she succeeds this will be one of the more prolific comeback stories in Olympic history considering how recent the injury was. It is inspirational to see that type of perseverance after such a crushing injury. Good luck Sara, hope you can be the 2014 Olympiad come back kid!

1 comment:

Shane Hayes said...

Interesting post; and a very common injury occurrence too. Also a reason why countries like Sweden and Norway lead the way in Sports Medical research and particularly injury prevention. Because of the impact these injuries may have on their performances. I would be interested to see if she can, i think she has enough time, to land a few jumps at the Olympics that is. And not to recover. The fact is it's the Olympic Games, and the injury *and consequences of returning too quickly versus that fact this is her sole goal in life, have to weighed up. She will compete, and what we don't know if she will make it too her last jump, and perform to her best. Or if she will fall apart in a heap.