Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Robert Griffin III Recovery

According to ESPN, RGIII is now able to do "explosive sprinting".  Furthermore, the Redskins quarterback said that he plans on being ready for the start of training camp in July.  That would be about seven months since tearing his ACL in the NFC Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

If RGIII can come back and perform like he did last season, it would be the second time that someone came back and excelled after an ACL injury (Adrian Peterson being the other one).  As the video showed in Adrian Peterson Rehab, Peterson had an intense rehab and came back to win MVP.

If RGIII successfully came back and performed well, it would change the perception of the ACL tear.  Before, I considered it as essentially ending one's career, and I thought that nobody could ever fully recover from the injury.  However, if players continue to have success, it may just turn into an injury that just takes a while to recover from, instead of career threatening.

Now, it could just be that James Andrews, the surgeon for both players, is amazing, but I think that the main reason is the advances in technology and medicine.  The technology for the surgery has improved and there are new rehab "toys" that they can use.

Regardless of the reason, it will be interesting to see how RGIII does this season.

What are your thoughts?

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