Sam Goes Under the Knife
Sunday, July 29 2007 @ 10:50 AM PDT
Contributed by: mday
Those of you on the shirt Run in June may have noticed that our son Sam was in a lot of pain and did not finish the run. The next week Sam had an MRI that showed a couple of loose pieces of cartilage in his left knee. 1 1/2 weeks ago Sam had arthroscpoic surgery to repair the cartilage.
Sam's injury ocurred during Spring Track in April. He doesn't recall any type of trauma or a single event that may have caused the injury. One day after practice he awoke and his left knee was swollen. Sam sat out for a couple of weeks and did a course of physical therapy. He started training again and was able to run without painn (he says) although his knee remained swollen. Sam rested again after school was out but then he had the painful shirt run.
Right now Sam is supposed to stay on crutches for another three weeks. We don't know when he can start running. He will probably be able to practice with the cross-country team near the end of the season.
I have a special concern about Sam's injury because I supported him in running 27 miles at Hinson lake in september, the Outer Banks Marathon in November, and the Holiday Lake 50k in February. I didn't need to encourage Sam in any of these races at all. Some people expressed concern that these races were too much for a 14-15 year old. Sam was able to recover quickly from each of these races. At the time he was injured Sam had run the mile and 2 mile back-to-back at several track meets and was doing a lot of interval training to get his mile time down. His injury is still mysterious.