Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This and That
Workout Wednesday with Jordyn Wieber
There is an official statement regarding McKayla Maroney's return to training:
At the 2012 Visa Championships, McKayla Maroney suffered a minor nasal fracture and a mild concussion following a missed landing during the warm-ups prior to the final senior women’s session. Since then, Maroney, her parents and coach have been working closely with several physicians, including Dr. Larry Nassar, the U.S. Women’s National Team doctor. Maroney has returned to the gym and her progress is being closely monitored.
A quote from McKayla Maroney
“My doctors and coaches are working together to find the balance between recovery and my wanting to get back into the gym and prepare for the Olympic Trials. My family and I appreciate all of the well wishes and support from my fans, friends, and teammates.”
Dominique Moceanu posted a statement on concussions from the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.
Maroney does not have much time to return to the gym prior to Trials. They are definitely pushing her recovery ahead of the guidelines, which is consistent with all medical treatment in the world of elite gymnastics. If an athlete is supposed to be rested for a month, they may give them 7-10 days. The concussion is touchy, as the head is so vital for flipping and twisting. Being dizzy is not good for a gymnast who is heavily reliant on twisting skills. A concussion is something that can lead to permanent problems if not treated correctly. Martha was already on her to improve her floor routine, but that will have to wait until after the Olympic Trials.
Deciding the team at Trials throws a wrench in the way Martha would like to do business. They will need Maroney to do at least one event at Trials. It will be difficult to justify putting her on the team without a strong showing. Note that Elizabeth Price has been gaining buzz and momentum since Nationals. When the Parkettes have one athlete to focus on, they typically are able to get a great deal out of them. Price is peaking at the right time. Look for another Parkette to be screwed, as they will try their best to get Maroney, the Michelle Campi of this generation, on the Olympic Team. Can't you just see the news clip of Maroney faltering and Price looking strong? Trials will be very interesting, as Maroney really needs time to train, but she also needs to recover from her concussion. The other day, she briefly tweeted about putting on her grips again before taking it down almost immediately. How do you see the drama at Trials unfolding? Who will get screwed this time around?
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