4 Top Skiers Returning from Knee Injuries
One of the most popular articles on this blog focuses on some of the top athletes to recover from knee and shoulder surgery. Featuring some of our most well-known stars such as Tom Brady, Maria Sharapova, and Drew Brees, it shows that some of the top athletes in the world have been able to re-ascend to the heights of their sport after major injuries.
These top-level athletes face the highest level of competition on a daily basis, pushing against the competition-and themselves, to get back on top.
Luckily for you, you probably aren’t going to have a 300 pound defensive end trying to crush you when you’re pusing to get back onto the mountain, surfboard, bike, or recreational arena.
And thanks to new techniques, innovations in physical therapy, and a new focus on the concept of activity preservation, we are seeing more and more people continuing to excel at the sports and activities they love. Even after surgery!
So this month we're going to turn the focus back to some of the incredible success stories— top athletes working their butts off to get back in the game. And today we’re specifically going to take a look at a sport that is near (literally, since the good doc lives within walking distance to a ski resort) and so so dear to Dr. Sterett's heart. That’s right, skiing.
Let’s take a look at some of the top skiers who are returning from major knee injuries to get back on top.
Lindsey is probably the first person who comes to mind when we talk about recent Alpine champions. Actually, we'd go so far to say that she’s one of our best examples across all sports when it comes to athletes returning to their sport and being even better.
When it comes to Lindsey Vonn, the results speak for themselves. Visit this link to see some of the hardware she’s taken home in the past few years.
It’s hard to imagine an athlete achieving these types of results even while healthy, but Lindsey has done it despite battling several injuries including broken bones, torn ligaments, and knee reconstructions.
Not fun. But then again, who said being a champion was a walk in the park? Lindsey deserves a ton of credit for putting in the massive amounts of work needed to get back to gold, and she’s a great example of a role model that young athletes can look up to when dealing with injuries of their own. She's even written a recent book to help inspire young female athletes.
(Update: since this post was written, Lindsey suffered a broken arm, in November 2016. We wish her the best and know we will see her back on the podium again soon...)
For a couple of years, Mikaela has been one of the budding future stars of the sport. Well, you’d better call NASA, because the future has landed. On the first weekend of the 2016-2017 season she put the rest of the field on notice with a podium finish despite dealing with a knee injury just last season.
Let me just say we speak for a lot of people when we say that we can’t wait to see what Mikaela is up to next...she may prove to be one our most successful champions.
A two time Gold Medalist, Ted Lighty is one of the giants of the sport-- but even he isn't immune to injury. Despite facing a return from an ACL injury, Ted recently finished 5th in his first race back.
This guy is one of the most driven, competitive skiers out there, and something tells us we'll see him tops on the podium again...maybe by the time you read this article!
If you’ve ever seen mogul skiing, you can probably relate to to saying “how the heck do they absorb so much impact with their knees?” No doubt, mogul skiing is one of the most visually arresting sports you can watch. The speed, precision, and technical execution that this type of competitive skiing requires is off the charts.
Heidi Kloser is one of our up and coming stars on the US Freestyle ski team. Despite a couple of recent injury setbacks, (including a tough injury at the 2014 Olympics) you can expect to see Heidi back on the course, tearing it up soon. She's definitely one to watch.
Who's your favorite skiier? Feel free to share in the comments section below.