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SuperWoman Recovery and return to normal functioning after an ACL reconstruction usually takes a minimum of 9 to 12 months. For athletes, it can take another year to get back to form. Some never make it back at all. Trying to do too much too fast can lead to damage or total failure of the ligament repair. Setbacks are also common, something Lindsey learned the hard way with a crash on November 19th that resulted in a partial tear of her repaired ACL. But even that will not stop Lindsey Vonn - the most decorated alpine skier in U.S. history - from defying the odds and returning to the slopes less than ten months after suffering a major injury. Breaking down Lindsey Vonn's extraordinary return from a catastrophic injury The Injuries MCL Tibia ACL Meniscus ACL Red Bull Lateral meniscus tear Fractured Torn ACL Partial ACL tibial plateau graft tear (Nov 19th) and MCL Mortal Human Recovery & Rehab vs. Lindsey Vonn's Lindsey Vonn Mortal Human Source: I Andrew Bulczynski, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, DISC Sports & Spine Center 2/10/2013 Undergoes 2/12 Starts doing core exercises 3/29 Starts doing double leg squats 4/12 Starts biking 6/19 Starts.. July Strength with resistance..* plyometric (8.5 weeks} 9/1 Lindsey Vonn skis (203 days from surgery) ...*.. training/rehab training successful ACL and MCL reconstruction with hamstring graft; meniscus trephination ......... ........... 3/4 Starts on.. 4/3 Stops stationary. bike (3 weeks) (53 days) 6/9 Starts using crutches running 11/19 Partial 6/24 Meets 11/29 Returned 8/5 Knee tests at 98.8%. strength criteria strength - Vonn is cleared to resume skiing activities with no restrictions (176 days fromsurgery) for free skiing tear of to ski ACL training Graft FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB 12 weeks Start biking (with resistance) 6 months minimum 6 to 9 months Ligament tears (MCL, ACL with hamstring graft) + meniscus damage 9 to 12 months 6 to 8 weeks Start biking (no resistance) Regain near full strength in limb Full medical clearance to resume sports She was skiing Super-G and GS like nothing ever happened. U.S. Women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser, Oct. 23, 2013 World-Class Work Ethic We'll know soon enough if Lindsey Vonn has worked her way back to her world-champion form. But we already know she's put in the work and the hours. Totals (February-October) 5,900 9,740 112 quad sets squats core workouts レ 275 212 30 laps per day (Week of Nov 20) hours of hours on physical therapy stationary bike League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Ice, Ice Baby Surgically repaired knees tend to swell after a workout for months following surgery. (average amount of time -- in hours -- that Vonn spent icing her knee after a workout) Let's compare a few other recent high-profile athletes who have sustained major knee injuries. When looking at the days from surgery to being medically cleared to return to sport, Vonn's recovery sets a new standard. 116 February-March (days from surgery to cleared to ski/play) 176 98 Lindsey Vonn | 195 Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Washington Redskins April-June 10 | 226 July-September Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings 301 224 Derrick Rose, point guard, Chicago Bulls Total The physical and technical achievements of her return-to-ski program are relatively easily measured, and as amazing as they are, sometimes the emotional and psychological challenges that can accompany a potentially career-ending injury can be even more formidable to a world class athlete. Andy Walshe, Director of High Performance, Red Bull SOURCE: Lindsay Winninger, Physical Therapist - Lindsey Vonn/Red Bull Content Pool ADDITIONAL SOURCES:,,,,,,,,,, 12 MONTHS 9 MONTHS 6 MONTHS 12 WEEKS 8 WEEKS 6 WEEKS SURGERY

Super Woman

shared by borisbenko on Feb 14
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Charting the alpine skier's amazingly quick recovery from her injuries.


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