“A terrible, freak accident.”
By Alise Post, November 22, 2010
After a great season, and a 40-point lead heading into the 2010 ABA Grand National, I had a terrible, freak accident today.
Sam, Wade (Bootes), and myself went over to the Chula Vista ABA track for a little 20-30 minute play session on our bikes, just to have a quick “touch up” and make sure we were feeling good for the race.
Toward the end of the session, I took a slow run at the first double on the second straight to try and get a pull-manual I had been working on. I wanted to make it so bad that I yanked up on my handlebars wayyyy too hard, and almost looped out. To try and save it, I unclipped my right foot and put it down thinking I was going slow enough to run out of it. Unfortunately, I planted my foot just the wrong way (due to many ankle sprains/rolls in both gymnastics and track and field, the ligaments in my ankles are already fairly overstretched and will roll easily, but usually without any consequences).
My weak ankles didn’t help me out in this situation, because when my ankle rolled outwards, the doctors say, my ligaments stretched a little too far and ended up tearing, leaving my fibula bone no support and allowing it to break. There is no official confirmation that any of the ligaments are torn, and I will be getting an MRI shortly to confirm this likely outcome.
X-Rays, however, have confirmed a clear fracture across my entire right Fibula (the smaller outside bone in your lower leg) just above the frequent “high ankle sprains” you hear about in professional hockey, football, etc. I am not in a full cast yet as the swelling is pretty out of hand, and it is likely I will need surgery next week at home in Minnesota if the MRI confirms torn ligaments.
Surgery could entail placement of screws and a plate to hold the Fibula and Tibia bones together (which will later be removed), some ligament repairs, and up to a 3-month, no-weight-bearing recovery, followed by few months of intense rehabilitation. However, this is worst case scenario, so I can only hope things turn out better than they look now, and my youth, health, fitness, support, OTC rehab, and mental toughness get me through a speedy recovery and back to BMX stronger than ever!
Needless to say I will not be racing the Grands this year. I may make an appearance, but I will need to be extremely careful. Doctors warned me that if my leg is bumped at this point, the bone will likely displace further and the injury could become worse. But hey, I gotta support my buddies!
They say that “you’re only one crash away from the end of your career” in BMX. So I guess for Thanksgiving, I will be thankful that I have an injury I can come back from and lots of support from my friends and family. Little did I know that on one of my last runs, 25 minutes into the session, and my last 5 minutes of training before I took off to Tulsa, I would take a wimpy little, slow-paced crash that would end my hopes of winning the ABA National #1 title. It’s crazy…a year’s worth of work and “BAM!,” gone in the blink of an eye.
But, there’s no reason to dwell on this incident. The reason I wrote this update is for everyone to know the full story, so we can all move past this accident and look forward to the bigger and better things that lie in my future.
“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward.”
Denis Waitley, best-selling author and motivational speaker
Thanks for the support everyone, and happy holidays!