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Courtney Hicks out for season with leg injury [Confirmed]

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Jenna, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    No "official" word yet, but the hearsay news isn't good. :(

    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011
  2. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    OMG how awful.
  3. NeilJLeonard

    NeilJLeonard Well-Known Member


    Get well soon, please....:eek:

    NJL (...just reading about it hurts....:(...)
  4. Nekatiivi

    Nekatiivi Well-Known Member

    Poor thing, sound very painful. :(
  5. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    Oh, dear. Poor Courtney. :(

    I hope youth will be on her side and that she'll bounce back quickly. I was really looking forward to seeing her progress this season.
  6. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    We should wait for confirmation, but if alhrayth is correct about the break being below the knee, it is not her thigh bone, it's the tibia (shin bone). As I just posted in the Ladies thread, I broke my tibia (near the ankle) skating 2 years ago, so I know how Courtney must feel right now. Hopefully, she won't need surgery and will heal according to schedule. I was off the ice for 6 months, perhaps Courtney could go back a little sooner.

    Sending lots of healing vibes to Courtney!
  7. ilovesalchows

    ilovesalchows Well-Known Member

    Ouch! She is young and hopefully will heal quickly!
  8. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

    Wishing her a speedy and full recovery. :(
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  9. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    :( Whatever the injury, I hope she takes time for it to heal completely before getting back on the ice.
  10. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    Poor kid.
  11. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    All the best to her.
  12. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Oh, no! :eek: :( We just saw her a week ago @ Mike's show. Hope she takes the time to heal completely from this.
  13. Louis

    Louis Well-Known Member

    Major :(. I hate to say it, but I thought she was pushing way too hard this season with quads, combinations ending in triple loop, and really tricky footwork in and out of jumps. It was very exciting to watch but I wonder if it was too much all at once.

    Best wishes for a quick and full recovery.
  14. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Really tough if she's injured like that away from home. I hope one of her parents was at the competition with her, though I'm sure the team leader and other team adults are very supportive.
  15. Oz_sk8ting_mum

    Oz_sk8ting_mum New Member

    Poor Kid. It will seem like the end of the world for her at the moment:(.
    Went through a similar injury with one of my kids, took 7 months to get back on the ice, it's a long haul.
    Hopefully she has good strong support to help her get well and fit as she is an amazing young lady to watch!
  16. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

    But she wasn't trying quads when this happened. I know a skater who broke her leg doing a three turn ... I hope her recovery is non eventful and she is back next season. I also hopes she continues to push the technical envelope.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Courtney!
  17. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    I cannot imagine the pain.
  18. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

    Poor thing. I hope she has a speedy and complete recovery. :(
  19. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    Wow. :( I imagine we'll hear something somewhat official in the next week or so if she is out for the season or not. I wish her a complete recovery.

    Regardless, can you imagine flying home so soon with such an injury? That's a really long set of flights back home to CA, with no real opportunity for comfort all of those hours.

    I've seen many people on crutches, in hard casts, soft casts, walking casts, in wheel chairs, etc. fly... but is it even advised/permitted to fly within just a couple of days of a serious bone fracture (assuming that's the actual injury)?
  20. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    I'm one of those. I'd had falls that were a lot harder than that - I just got off-balance during an RBO 3-turn, left foot came down as I fell, left toepick got stuck in the ice, and I ended up falling on my left leg as it twisted around underneath me. I was skating pretty slow into the turn, it was just the way I fell. My type of tibia fracture (spiral) is caused by a violent twisting motion. There's really nothing anyone can do to decrease their risk (well, except not play sports, but you could also have a car accident, or fall in your house....). I did work with my PT (who is also a skating coach) and my coach on the correct way to fall - I tend to stiffen up and try to keep from falling, when I should be bending my knees and just sitting down - it's possible my gut reaction right after the turn made things worse, so I am making a conscious effort to react differently now.

    I can't imagine it, either. Hopefully, she can get an aisle seat (maybe they could even get her in first or business class) and be able to keep her leg elevated. There is always a clot risk, but Courtney is young and in top physical condition, so she is probably less at risk than average. Hopefully, she's got some good painkillers, too.
  21. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Poor girl!! Yes, I have broken BOTH ankles (once the tibia & fibula, once just the fib) doing a whole lotta nothing. Stuff like this can be a total fluke (although of course there are various conditions that can make a person more fracture prone), and it really, really SUCKS. I hope she can recover soon and get some good PT to help get the strength back.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011
  22. Louise

    Louise Banned Member

    How awful Debbie, I'm in pain just thinking about it. The first thing I learned when I skated was how to fall. You transfer the momentum across the ice as opposed to straight down, and make sure both your feet go up. I took so many bad looking falls where I went maybe 15 feet across the ice on my butt or back or side, but never broke a bone.

    I really hope she has a speedy recovery, but I wonder how this will affect her in the future. She's still going to be picking that right leg in for flips and lutzes, and now with a weakened bone after the fracture heals, I wouldn't be doing too many of those again. She has such a wondeful flip too, I'm surprised it happened on that jump.
  23. pinky166

    pinky166 #teamtrainwreck #teamdiva

    Aww, poor thing! That's terrible! Hope she takes adequate time to rest and bounces back soon! I guess this means no nationals or world/junior worlds for her this season tho :(
  24. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    There's no reason why her bone wouldn't be just as strong after it heals as it was before it was broken, esp given Courtney's age and physical condition. In my experience, the biggest hurdle is mental, but Courtney is a much better skater (and more confident) than I am, so I'm optimistic she'll be fine. :)
  25. Lara

    Lara It's JJ style!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Courtney. How unfortunate. :(
  26. Michael O'C

    Michael O'C Member

    Best wishes to Courtney. I was very impressed with her performance in Brisbane a few weeks ago. Courtney has a great future.
  27. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Sad to hear this. I hope she recovers soon and comes back strong next season.
  28. crzesk8dad

    crzesk8dad Well-Known Member

    Heard from a reliable source in the SoCal skating community that Courtney "has to have surgery she broke her tibia close to the knee". :(

    This one of the toughest parts of the sport and something that skating parents fear; a major injury to your child.

    Best wishes to Courtney for a successful surgery (if needed) and a speedy recovery. We all hope to see her back on the ice soon! :D
  29. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    Oh no! :( I think if it's close to the knee (or ankle) they put in a plate and not a rod, so that should at least avoid her knee. Actually, a friend of my mom's broke her tibia close to the knee skiing and had a couple screws, no other hardware. Hopefully, Courtney won't need anything extensive and will be able to skate as soon as the bone heals.

    Sending virtual hugs and vibes for speedy healing!
  30. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

    Don't they even say that the part where the bone once broke is unlikely to ever break again? (unless it's a stress fracture when you start training again too early)