Denny Morrison is continuing to rehab injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident back in May. He suffered a number of injuries including a broken femur and a torn ACL and has not yet been able to return to competitive speed skating.
Recently cleared of any wrongdoing in the accident, Morrison said when it comes to his recovery there needs to be a happy medium between pushing himself to get better while being careful not to over exert himself at the same time.
“If I didn’t challenge myself to overcome certain things I wouldn’t do anything. I’d feel like I wouldn’t be where I am at today,” he said. That being said it became very apparent very quickly that I couldn’t just force myself to tolerate the pain and work through everything because that just created more inflammation and created more pain. That’s been one of the reoccurring things. I’ve just had to be more and more careful.”
In early November Morrison was trying to make a return to speed skating for a World Cup event in Calgary. Despite his training and recovery going well at the time more work needed to be done, and unfortunately for him pushing extra hard to compete resulted in what’s estimated to be a three month setback.
“Because the strength was missing we got back into the weight room and building some more strength. One of two of the exercises I was doing, because my ACL was gone the exercise itself strengthens one of the quad muscles but in doing so I was grinding the bottom of the femur on the knee cap but I was doing it so subtlety that I didn’t really notice at the time until two or three days later I went to skate again and it was like I was back trying to skate in July,” he said.
After the set back Morrison and his team evaluated the next step in the recovery process and getting him back on the ice skating competitively. Given the next Olympics aren’t until 2018 in South Korea, it was determined it would be best to aim for a return to the national team for their spring training in May.
“We decided ‘why are we rushing this?’. The Olympics are two and a half years away. The Olympics are the big goal. There’s no point in rushing in to World Cups this season only to skate and possibly injury myself further. We decided to pull the plug on this season and focus 100 per cent on rehab and recovery. The true goal now is to start on the same training program as the rest of my teammates come May 2016,” Morrison said.
Morrison did add that while that’s the focus as of now, he isn’t 100 per cent closing the door on lacing up the skates at the final World Cup speed skating event of the year should he be physically able to do so.