Kikkan Randall, Skiing Champion, Recovering From Stress Fracture
Kikkan Randall, a three-time Olympian, won the sprint title at the World Cup season championship in February. She is the first U.S. woman to do so and was looking forward to another great season and hopefully a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic games. However, her plans were interrupted this summer when she was found to have stress fracture in the second metatarsal bone in her right foot. Apparently, the cross-country skier had been suffering slight pain for about a year, but had written it off as not serious because the pain was so subtle. She didn’t have the pain checked out until August when her coach finally convinced her to see a medical professional about the pain.
After the stress fracture was discovered, Randall had to wear a walking boot, which was just recently taken off. She was also forced to forego her regular training routine, which may affect her season. The skier stills seems to be upbeat and determined despite the injury and although she has had to adapt her training regime to what she can handle without re-injuring her foot, she still has her sights set on the 2014 Olympics and hopes that this setback will not affect her goal of winning gold.
Stress fractures are a common injury among athletes, and one of the most damaging aspects of waiting for the stress fracture to heal is missing out on practice time and conditioning. However, it is also one of the most important aspects of the healing process. It is important to avoid the activity that is causing the pain, so athletes must usually sit out practices and competitions for some time. You could cause a worse injury and face a longer recovery period if you continue to participate in the activity that caused your stress fracture. There are other ways for the skier to keep herself conditioned besides running or actually hitting the slopes, however, and Randall has been taking advantage of them. To keep herself in shape, the skier has been working out on upper body machines, in the pool, and on bikes.
Like Randall, some stress sufferers are put in a walking boot to give the stress fracture time to heal. Now that her boot is off, she plans to get back to skiing soon. It may be some time before she is back to racing speeds again, possibly the start of the season, but getting back on the slopes must be exciting after two months in a walking boot. Hopefully, Randall will recover quickly and have a wonderful season so her fans will get the opportunity to cheer her on in the 2014 Olympics.
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