Well this sure has been an interesting month. After two months of the best training I have ever experienced and countless gains, I had a setback. During one of our plyometrics drills (aka jump drills), I landed funny in the pit. After a couple weeks of no improvements, I finally decided to get it checked out.
Now hold that thought for a second, because it is time to go on a rant. Our team Chiropractor decided an MRI was needed, so I called my travel insurance company. All I can say is WOW. 19 phone calls later, they tried to cancel my coverage (for only a $550 procedure) because I am a professional athlete, they thought I was under my parents coverage still, they don’t work as an add-on plan, hoping it was a pre-existing injury, etc. After informing them that all of these and more were not true and therefore they needed to cover me, they reviled their ace in the pocket – My insurance was purchased for only the portion of the trip that was not covered by my parents coverage (I finished school Dec 31). Turns out, they have a loophole for situations like this. They can pretend you are covered and take your money, but if a situation arises inform you that you must have coverage for the entirety of your trip or it is invalid. Welp there goes 550 bucks… Thanks Blue Cross.
Now that I got that off my chest and flooded my system yet again with cortison and glucocorticoids (stress hormones), I arrive at the bad news. I was diagnosed with a 4x2mm tear. Fortunately, the injury is on my non-jump leg, and the patellar tendon is a large one. As I write this, approximately a month later, I have recovered to 95%, and can start jumping again (Yay!!!) Time to move forward and get ready for competing!
To wrap up, lets take a look at my upcoming competition schedule:
Aztec Outdoor Meet – Pima Community College, Feb 6
NAU Tune-up – Northern Arizona University, Feb 13
GCC Outdoor Meet – Grand Canyon Community College, Feb 21
Out to Cali for some other competitions!