Winter Olympians Sustain Foot & Ankle Injuries & Battle Through Pain
Reports on injuries during the 2014 Winter Olympics have been numerous, and some of them quite frightening. And there’s been no lack of foot and ankle injuries among the competing athletes.
Justyna Kowalczyk fractured her foot only two weeks before she won gold in the 10km cross-country race. Apparently, she did feel some aching or pain in the foot, but she took a pain killer before the race to help numb it while she competed.
While we congratulate her on her gold medal, we don’t recommend competing while in pain or on a recent injury. By pushing through pain, you can cause the injury to worsen, or even cause permanent damage.
Other athletes who have suffered injuries are choosing not to compete, like Maggie Voisin, a young freeskier from the United States. 15-year-old Voisin, the youngest U.S. Olympian at the 2014 games, injured her ankle in training and opted not to take part in the event she was supposed to compete in. We wish her the best with her recovery and we’re sure we’ll be seeing more of her at future games!
Valtteri Filppula, a hockey player from Finland, also suffered an ankle injury, a fracture, and was forced to sit out of the Olympics. Hopefully, he recovers quickly, because his team is hoping to have him back after the Olympic break is over.
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