View Full Version : Just my luck
02-27-2011, 05:32 PM
So this past September I tried out for college baseball and was thrilled when I found out I made it. Since that time I have drivin to Philadelphia 7 hours each way for the regional clinic, attended my local chapter meeting that is 3 hours away, and taken all three rule tests (only needed to take one, but wanted to learn as much as i could) and scored 90 or above on all of them. So this past Wednesday we were set to get our schedules and just my luck Monday walking into my house i slipped on some ice and broke my tibela mid way up my leg and fibula in my ankle. At this point the doctor doesnt think i need surgery but I will know for sure this week when i visit him for a follow-up.
Anyone expirence this type of injury and how long was it before you were able to umpire again? I am devistated over this, I have worked so hard to get to this level and I am really hoping I am able to work at least some of my schedule. My first game is March 29th which i know is unlikely, but i have 12 assignments between then and May 3rd, so I am hoping to see some of my schedule. Any thoughts on recovery time from your own personal expierinces?
02-27-2011, 07:37 PM
First, let me say this: Dude, that sucks.
The fibula is non weight bearing, and will play no role in your recovery. However it heals, it heals. I am concerned at the mere mention of your ankle, since it is one of the most complicated joints in the body. If you ankle is NOT involved, that is much better news. For a non-surgical, non-complicated healing of a straight forward tibia fracture, I would guess 6-8 weeks before a return to NORMAL activity. Umpiring is hardly normal activity. Imagine making the pivot at second after a slight rain, losing traction, and down you go.
Be as frank with your orthopedic surgeon as you have been with your post here. It might help to find out if h/she is also certified in sports medicine...not all ortho docs are. For example, of the 7 excellent docs in our local orthopedic group, only 2 are also certified and specialize in sports medicine. Given what you have already invested, you might want the opinion of a sports medicine doc. You can find one near you using the "find a doc" link" at this site: http://www.amssm.org/
I am assuming you are in a cast just above the knee. Ask for a physical or occupational therapy evaluation to be scheduled the day the cast comes off. Find a physical terrorist...excuse me, therapist... to start working on calf muscle strength and conditioning as soon as the cast is off.
This you being your first season at this level, you were going to be subject of constant evaluation. Personally, I would rather have them see me at 100% next season, than 90% (or maybe less) this season. It sounds like you have the drive, skills, and knowledge to succeed at this level, whether it is this season or next.
Best of luck, and hope you are back in shape soon.
02-28-2011, 02:34 AM
This you being your first season at this level, you were going to be subject of constant evaluation. Personally, I would rather have them see me at 100% next season, than 90% (or maybe less) this season.
My first thought was this. Don't rush out there only to aggravate the injury and put you out for longer.
02-28-2011, 11:44 PM
Thanks, your probably right about waiting. and your also right it does suck!
Thanks for the advice.
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