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John Coughlin Out Due to Hip Surgery

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by sk9tingfan, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  2. hippychick

    hippychick Member

    i still have hope that D/S could improve and finish in the top two. If they went to Four Continents and met the minimum world for the s/p would they be able to make a world team? I also heard of a possible Senior B somewhere in February.
  3. semogal

    semogal Well-Known Member

    I would hope that he rests his hip and allows it to fully recover. The goal is a healthy 2013-14 season not rushing back to competition this season and risking career ending damage.
  4. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    This has HUGE implications for whether the US can earn two spots for the Olympics. While this makes for one of those "out of the blue" opportunities for the younger teams to grab a US title, the pressure will definitely be on for one of them to nab a top 10 finish at worlds. Can count on the top 10 including 3 Russians, probably 2, maybe 3 Canadians, 1 Chinese, 1 German team, then the last 3 spots I would think are up for grabs depending on how the event goes. Having the Japanese and young Chinese team out helps, but the Italians could be tough.

    John stayed in competitive skating it seems to have a shot at the Olympics. Hope he does not risk injury by re-entering too early because of pressure to try to get that top 10 slot which a healthy D/C would have very likely earned.

    Most importantly, hoping for a successful recovery from his injury and surgery.
  5. icellist

    icellist Active Member

    Reagan is injured too right? Rockne take Caitlin!!!
  6. UMBS Go Blue


    Caitlin (5'3") might be too tall for Rockne (5'9"). How about Rockne and Caydee Denney (5'0")? :shuffle:
  7. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    With 2 teams competing they could place as low as 13th and 14th and still keep the two spots (13+14=27), so I wouldnt worry about that.
  8. SidelineSkater

    SidelineSkater Member

    [QUOTE Can count on the top 10 including 3 Russians, probably 2, maybe 3 Canadians, 1 Chinese, 1 German team, then the last 3 spots I would think are up for grabs depending on how the event goes. Having the Japanese and young Chinese team out helps, but the Italians could be tough.

    3 Russians, only 2 Canadians qualify (right?), 2 Chinese, 1 German, 1 Italian...then after that the top level pairs really drops off. I agree with above poster...13/14th place is reasonable *if*...big if...our two teams (whoever they may be) skate relatively clean.
  9. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    The article opens with:
    ""I'm doing well: as well as can be expected," the 27-year-old skater said. "I was on the stationary bike not two hours after completing the procedure and I went on it again this morning. Now, I'm on the way to the OTC (Olympic Training Center) for my first PT session there and to get the PT schedule set for the week."

    Is this common so soon after such a surgery? :eek:

    Best wishes on his recovery...
  10. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    Well huge relief. I didn't realize the total placements from the top 2 could be as low as 13+14 = 27. I somehow thought a team had to place in the top 10 in order for there to be 2 places. And for instance, total of top 2 teams needed to equal 13 in order for 3.

  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    According to ISU Rule 378 (Entries ISU Championships Single & Pair Skating & Ice Dance), it's "Not more than 28" for 2 entries, so 13th and 15th would still be okay.
  12. figureit

    figureit Active Member

    Ah this is insensitive and bad form!... to suggest another partner for Caydee under Johns surgery forum? Geez...stay together teams need to stay together ....and support each other and my guess is they will come back stronger than ever! Good luck and speedy healing to John!!
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I didn't take UMBS Go Blue's post seriously. :D

    I was surprised to read that part, too. Coughlin is very fortunate to have top-notch facilities and medical/PT staff at the Olympic Training Center for his rehab. and recovery process, so hopefully he will follow what they say to the letter.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  14. Rochelle

    Rochelle Active Member

    From the ISU's list of best pairs total scores from this season:

    Looking at these senior teams:
    9 174.51 Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR USA ISU GP NHK Trophy 2012 25.11.2012
    14 163.10 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA ISU GP NHK Trophy 2012 25.11.2012
    25 143.15 Tiffany VISE / Don BALDWIN USA ISU GP Rostelecom Cup 2012 10.11.2012
    32 131.26 Gretchen DONLAN / Andrew SPEROFF USA ISU GP Hilton HHonors Skate America 2012 20.10.2012
    36 127.33 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA ISU JGP Lake Placid 2012 01.09.2012

    Upfront, that's misleading though. Looking at that list, when you take out the Junior GP competitors, and those who likely won't make the cut of the world team (But no Takahashi/Tran, Sui/Han, Vartman/VanCleave, Kemp/King)... the American teams (based on the top scores so far this season) would really fall at about 8th for Marissa/Simon for top scores so far, and the second American team is in the ballpark of of 13th-15th.

    It might be close, but the US should be relatively okay in securing their two Olympic spots. I'd be most concerned about a during-the-course-of-the-competition-withdraw impacting us the most in that scenario. Hope both assigned US teams stay healthy and injury free...
  15. figureit

    figureit Active Member

    True...I just thought it was not a good "joke" and kind of insensitive to make a statement at this time...even a not serious one like that..it reminded me of the person that says something mean and then says haha JK. but obviously I am over sensitive and believe in weird stuff like energy, karma, and putting positive things into the universe at times like this..it is a really disappointing time and joking aside I know there are a lot of questions, wonderings, and worry about our USA pairs discipline and athletes...he seems to be healing so fast! Things could end up on task for Worlds at this rate..it is possible I guess.
  16. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Welcome to FSU, figureit! :)
  17. figureit

    figureit Active Member

  18. figureit

    figureit Active Member

    Ps. Just to mention it has been very interesting to belong to FSU it is nice there is even a Forum to discuss things with skating on such a level and learn about news and debate. It is very good.
  19. UMBS Go Blue


  20. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    One team could fail to make the FS as long as the other was Top 12: the most placement points they assign to a team that miss the FS is 16.

    It will be interesting to see USFS' strategy if a skater/team that hasn't met the Worlds minimums is give a provisional spot, if the substitutes will be required to have the score to be listed, and/or if USFS will send skaters without the minimum to any other international but 4C's. The upcoming internationals with Pairs (before Worlds) are listed as:

    Dec 13-16: Golden Spin (Zagrb)
    Jan 3-5: 1st New Year Cup (Bratislava)
    Jan 10-12: Nesquick Cup (Torun)
    Feb 7-10: Bavarian Open (Oberstdorf)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  21. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    I wish John a full and speedy recovery!
  22. reese

    reese Well-Known Member

    If Donlan/Speroff could pull of 2nd at Nationals, could they be given the provisional second spot at Worlds provided they get the Worlds SP min at 4cc?
  23. Tammi

    Tammi Nana

    I know a skater who had hip surgery for a torn labral a few years ago out in Vail and I remember her doing something very similar as part of rehab.
  24. NadineWhite

    NadineWhite Well-Known Member

    I agree, and said so on the first page. Way weirder things have happened (e.g. how Denney & Coughlin ended up together in the first place, lol, some demonizing Caydee; not me though :p). I refuse to take the holier than thou miss goody two shoes position. :rolleyes:

    On that note, thank goodness FSU has over a decade long reputation of allowing all opinions, good or bad. Relatively free of the thought police, unlike some other boards/groups/cliques. Not talking about the *self appointed ones*, that can't be helped. ;) :D

    Anyhow, back on topic, good luck to John (& Caydee), and all the pair teams competing at Sr. Nationals ~ BRING IT ON!!!!:cool:
  25. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    Wow, that is quick back on working out! My husband had shoulder surgery (torn some ligament from MTB fall), and 2 hours after his surgery he was till drugged out of his mind and asleep on the couch. He has a very high pain threshold but was quite affected by the pain for a couple of days at the tail end of his drugs...

    So I am impressed! Speedy recovery to Coughlin, after seeing him and Denny live at SKAM they may grow on me yet...
  26. 5Ali3

    5Ali3 Active Member

    John needs to show up at competition with something much more difficult and much more important than any triple jump: the ability to lift a woman over his head, safely, while moving at top speed on a slippery surface, balanced on a half of a knife blade. Moreover, he needs to be capable of doing so four minutes into a long program, which is a lot more difficult than doing it in isolation. And he needs to be capable of "saving" a lift, four minutes into a program, no matter what has gone wrong. ("Saving" a lift means anything from "no one watching notices that anything happened" to "prevent the girl from landing on her head." The latter is what I have in mind here.)

    Lift mohawks require a fair amount of hip strength and stability within the joint. If you picture what happened to the strength in Czisny's hip last March, as evidenced by how her hip kept collapsing under her on the landings of jumps - now picture a lift in which the man has lost the strength in his hip, or worse - as happens with these tears, when a man loses the strength but can't feel that the strength is gone.

    Yes, this Philippon's protocol for all patients; his rehab procedure concentrates on getting the joint moving as soon as possible to reduce inflammation and the possibility of scar tissue(?), and accelerates quickly. Thomas Byrd, the surgeon who did Czisny's surgery, uses a more conservative protocol that emphasizes rest and healing.

    Hip surgery trivia: the anesthesiologist who worked with Philippon when he was developing this surgery, Tony Conte, is past chair of the Adult Skating Committee. At some Governing Council-or-another, after some skater-or-another had this surgery with Philippon, I got a breakdown of the differences in surgical technique between Byrd and Philippon. :) (All teasing aside, it was actually quite interesting - and I'm amazed at how many skaters have had this surgery with one surgeon or the other.)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
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  27. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    I certainly wasn't suggesting that Coughlin try to do programs or lifts with a still-injured, weakened hip. When you are responsible for the well-being of another skater, it's even more important to not skate with a major injury. I was referring more to the time period after full recovery when the skater is trying to get back into competitive form and the differences that might arise between a singles skater and a male pairs skater, both physically and mentally. I'm sure a skater like Czisny would expect to take many, many falls as she begins to get back into her full arsenal of jumps, which could be especially nerve-wracking with a newly repaired hip. Hard falls on your hip area are not exactly a rarity while jumping, especially when you haven't jumped in a while and aren't so consistent anyway. Czisny's technical issues are well documented.

    On the other hand, a pair guy like Coughlin who returns to the ice after full recovery should certainly not be falling with any type of regularity on lifts, etc. I just think that the mental and physical hurdles could definitely be different for different skaters as they look to return to competition. Like I said before, I don't know the exact reasons behind Czisny's relatively long delay in her return, but I have a strong feeling that what she faced is as least somewhat different than what Coughlin will face. Every athlete is different.

    On another note, thanks for pointing out a key difference between Coughlin and Czisny's rehabs. Interesting stuff. That could very well be a factor that impacts recovery time.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  28. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    Wishing John speedy recovery.
    What's wrong with this season? So many injuries. :eek:
  29. marysy

    marysy Well-Known Member

    Yes, I remember reading about this protocol when the NHL player Paul Kariya had his hip labrum repaired a few years ago as well. Whether or not that accelerates the rehab process, I'm not sure, as I believe it took him 3-4 months after surgery to be ready to play.

    Wishing John all the best in his recovery.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
  30. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    What sad news! :( Wishing John a full & speedy recovery!