Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
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Returning From a Broken Bone - Jump Science

Returning From a Broken Bone - Jump Science

Got an email from an athlete who broke his fibula during basketball practice. He is wondering if he will be able to get his athleticism back for triple jump in the spring. Answer ...

"1. When heals heal, they heal well. They are not like ligaments, which get stretched out and never return to the same tightness. Bones heal completely, so it should not be a long-term problem. If there is soft tissue damage around the breaks, that would be the thing that could bother you in the future.

2. The fibula is not the weight-bearing bone. The tibia, your shin bone, bears the weight and takes most of the shock coming up from the ground. There is still plenty of force on the fibula, but it's mostly from the attached muscles pulling on it. Pounding your foot into the ground in triple jump should not be especially risky for your fibula, because it's very controlled. The awkward landings in basketball are probably more dangerous, as you found out. Hopefully that's enough to get you past the mental barrier.

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3. You should get some increase in muscle fiber twitch-speed from the rest you'll get while you recover. Read about the Overshoot Phenomenon. Your nervous system will also be fresh after the rest. So your rate of force development should actually be higher when you come back. Your issue will be regaining strength, which is the other factor in the equation for power. Power is what produces athleticism.

4. I know you'll probably be using crutches to get around a lot. But if you also spend time bouncing around on your healthy leg, that's actually a great stimulus. That leg could get stronger while you recover. It would probably be best if that is your non-jumping leg. Obviously you need both for triple jump. If your off leg is injured, it's just going to fail even further behind now.

6. So the biggest challenge you'll face is just getting your muscle back. Your leg is going to shrink down while you're not using it. Fortunately, regaining muscle mass is typically a pretty quick process. Once you are able to return to full activity, the muscle mass should come back within a month. Be sure to use some strength training as part of that process. But at the same time do not scale up the workload on that leg too fast.

So altogether, yes, I think you can get your athleticism back and have a good track season. You may even be surprised by how well you perform, because the rest you get will benefit you in the long run. "

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