A daunting spinal injury forced Derek Drouin to shelve his monitor and discipline season.
The reigning Olympic excessive leap champion has a bulging disc in his neck, which saved him out of the Commonwealth Video games in April. The Canadian introduced earlier this week that he was shutting it down for the season to keep away from danger of significant injury.
“We have determined that it was in my greatest curiosity to get this utterly found out earlier than we return to a sport the place it is my job to land on my neck,” Drouin mentioned.
The 28-year-old from Corunna, Ont., has been “having complicated nerve points,” together with a lack of sensation.
“It is the type of factor you do not need to mess with, provided that it is clearly derived from the backbone.”
After a preseason spent coping with uncommon and complicated signs my medical crew and I’ve determined that it’s in my greatest curiosity to take the 2018 season off from competitors. I’m optimistic that with relaxation and continued medical assist I’ll return subsequent 12 months prepared to compete
The 2015 world champion is hoping to keep away from surgical procedure, and mentioned the excellent news is that his MRIs have proven marked enchancment simply from doing a little particular workouts.
He is additionally been ready to sustain his each day coaching schedule in Toronto. The one limitation, in fact, is touchdown on his neck within the pit.
“I have been actually fortunate that it isn’t a typical injury that has saved me utterly out. I am nonetheless going to apply day by day, doing all of the stuff I usually would,” he mentioned.
Drouin’s injury historical past reads like a med college textbook. He captured bronze on the 2012 London Olympics a 12 months after rupturing two ligaments in his foot, an injury that required surgical procedure to implant two steel screws. Shortly after successful gold on the 2016 Rio Olympics, he revealed he’d competed with two stress fractures in his decrease again.
‘When it rains, it pours’
Final season, a nagging Achilles tendon injury forced him out of the world championships in London.
“The physique of a excessive jumper,” Drouin mentioned. “They appear to simply be piling up … when it rains, it pours. I am hoping there might be a ray of sunshine on the finish of this.”
He mentioned the purpose is to keep away from surgical procedure, however that it “might very effectively be the ultimate straw,” significantly if the injury threatens his future well-being.
“I’ve acquired hopefully a protracted life after sports activities, so we’re undoubtedly taking part in it protected,” he mentioned.
“At this level we’re hoping that issues are shifting alongside fairly effectively on their very own. I am principally doing all the pieces I can to keep away from that [surgical] route, however you by no means know, that is likely to be the trail I’ve to take. I’ve spoken to numerous specialists, and I have been assured that given surgical procedure, it will not be too inhibiting, it will not be too unhealthy of a restoration, and I ought to come out on the opposite finish of it.”
If there is a silver lining, Drouin mentioned, it is that this is not a nasty season to sit out since there are not any world championships or Olympics.
“This season my foremost objective was Commonwealth, when that did not work out … so it has been an OK season to have to sit out,” Drouin mentioned. “Proper now I am doing fairly effectively, I am staying sane, I am having fun with watching from a distance, and hopefully I will proceed to get extra keen to get again on the market, hopefully I will be refreshed and prepared to go subsequent season.”