Lying on the field with a torn right Achilles tendon, Mark Pearson feared that he would not be able to represent Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.
A midfielder veteran was injured for six minutes in a men's ice hockey match at the Pan Am Games in Peru last August, ultimately losing to Argentina with a score of 5: 2, which left Pierson and his teammates one way for selection for the originally scheduled games. for this july.
But the IOC decision to postpone the Olympics – with new dates on July 23-August. The 8 2021 announced Monday morning offers an opportunity for Pearson and other Canadian athletes who find themselves in a similar position.
“I planted my right leg and at the same time tried to turn, and felt a (Achilles) movement. Honestly, I was afraid that my career was over, ”said Pearson from Vancouver, who was 32 years old after the competition for the 2008 and 2016 Olympic Games. “There was no guarantee that we were going to win the qualifying game behind the goal (against Ireland). Probably at best it was a 50-50 chance. "
But on October 27, Adam Frese won the Olympic spot for Canada as the seventh shooter in the shots of sudden death, while Pearson, looking at the months of rehabilitation after the operation, greeted from the outside in West Vancouver.
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“I would say that I probably have a 85-90 percent chance to get healthy and feel 100 percent on time for the Games (late July),” says Pearson, “but there was something unknown because I I didn’t know how (heel) was going to hold on (as soon as I started full training).
“I'm still only at the running stage. My trajectory was supposed to run in April, sprint in May and return to training in June. ”
Pearson spent about six weeks on running and running rehabilitation on an underwater treadmill led by Dr. Wilbur Kelsik in Port Moody, DC, before local facilities were closed due to the virus.
Be creative with home workouts
“That's how I pushed myself to run,” said Pearson, a member of the Canadian Olympic Athletic Committee. “I try to be as creative as possible (at home) with exercises for balancing and resistance, as well as lifting the heel to restore leg strength.”
Pearson, who reduced the number of workouts to 60-90 minutes a day from two hours after being put off, also spends 10-15 minutes a day, climbing 10 steps in front of his house to gain strength in his right calf muscle.
During the operation, Pearson also had Haglund's deformity or enlargement of the bone on the back of his right heel, repaired after exposure to the heel spur for five or six years.
“I have a pair of bolts at the bottom of the heel that hold Achilles in place and they will stay forever,” said Pearson, who has 274 caps since joining the national team in 2005. “It is a matter of restoring the correct calf, returning muscles and shooting. I am not a supporter of the team and must prove that I am healthy.
"I'm just happy that I have a second chance to return to the field again with the Canadian team, because I did not want this injury to be what ended my career."
Melissa Bishop Nriague
The 31-year-old middle-distance runner from Eganville, Ontario, said she plans to run 800 meters next year in Tokyo, despite not having enough of the 2019 season due to a small Achilles tear.
I feel like me again. Being indoors, I sometimes returned in practice to what I had before pregnancy.– Mid-distance runner Melissa Bishop Nriagu recovers after a small Achilles tear
The bishop, who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, lost the Tokyo standard by one minute 59.50 seconds in 2019 with the best indicator of the season 2: 01.10 and this spring showed himself well indoors with the best result. 2: 00.98.
In July 2017, Bishop showed time 1: 57.01, and then conducted the 2018 campaign to give birth to his daughter Corinne. She notes that a change in her body structure after her return a year ago led to several injuries, including a hamstring problem.
“Last year was hard when I returned. I was in excellent physical shape, but my physical body could not cope with the requirement that I had to make, ”Bishop-Nriagu said. “If COVID-19 were not present, then I sincerely believe that I would be ready for Tokyo (this July). But, considering that we are now, another year can only help me.
“I feel like myself again. Being indoors, I returned to the moment when I was on the eve of pregnancy. Fitness and strength really come together. ”
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Like Bishop Nriague, the Canadian judoka did not get an Olympic seat after he returned from arthroscopic surgery in July 2019 to restore the cuff and rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
“I was told that recovery can vary from six to nine months,” said Bouchard, who dislocated the same shoulder at the end of the 2017 match. “My left shoulder is not as strong as my right, and I could probably spend an extra month on strengthening.”
The 25-year-old football player returned to full-time training on the carpet in early January and participated in the Grand Slam tournaments in Paris and Germany in February, but in a tough battle for the only available place among men, a 73-kilogram division. Bouchard is 30th in the world, 21st lower than fellow Montreal resident Arthur Margelidon.
As Bouchard awaits the transfer of qualifying events to the Olympic Games, two-time Pan Am champion hopes to get a chance to take the podium in Tokyo, finishing fifth at the 2016 Rio Games.
“The selection in Rio was an achievement in itself, but the feeling of closeness to (winning a medal), which almost no one expected, prompted me to train harder,” he said.
The two-time Olympic woman returned, competing in jumps, uneven bars, floor exercises and a balancer. The 24-year-old gymnast from Halifax was not ready to make the move until she fully recovered from surgery on her right ankle.
“My recovery was really good,” said Black, who suffered damage to his ligaments when he landed in the vault last October at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. “This first competition in all four events (at the end of February) went well and became a reason for confidence to go through a few simple exercises with less (than ideal) training.”
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Two months before the injury, Black won five medals at the Pan Am Games in Peru and became the first woman in history to win a cohesive gold medal in personal all-around.
“I worked in the semifinals and looked at Pan Ams as a trial version for the world championships,” she said. "My body felt good, and I still felt good in the worlds and was very consistent."
While the Canadian women's team has already qualified in Tokyo, Black will still have to earn a place in the squad.
Other Canadians working with injuries:
Bianca Andreescu – A tennis star from Mississauga, Ontario, who reached Canada's No. 4 record in the world rankings, did not play in the competition because she injured her left knee in late October in the WTA finals in China. Tokyo will be the Olympic debut of a 19-year-old teenager.
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Diana Matheson / Erin MacLeod – Veterans on a team with the women's football team, they missed last year's World Cup with injuries. Midfielder Matheson returned to the club in February after a year-long absence of injury after an operation on his toes, while goalkeeper Macleod recovered from a fight against leg pain due to plantar fasciitis.
It is expected that the 35-year-old Mateson will become a player this season for FC Utah Royals from the National Women's Football League, and the 37-year-old MacLeod is preparing for his NWSL Orlando Pride debut.
Dyna Podhoresky / Kinsey Middleton – Two runners went the distance a few days before the cancellation of the half marathon in New York, scheduled for March 15.
Podgorskaya, who automatically qualified for her first Olympics as the best Canadian marathon finisher on the Toronto seafront in October, is waiting to see how her right tendon of a single joint, which becomes inflamed when it is attached to the tibia or lower leg, responds to medications, Husband and trainer Josh Seyfart tweeted a progress report.
Look into the world @DaynaPidhoresky today shocked training on brick … 1 hour 15 minutes (with a new set of FTP) for 6 km. All this swimming though …
Middleton, a native of Kerd А Allen, Idaho, who has dual citizenship since her mother was born in Guelph, Ontario, suffered a tendonitis in one of her legs during a workout on a hill in early March. The 27-year-old athlete has not yet qualified in Tokyo at a distance of 10,000 meters or a marathon.