The Phases for David’s Recovery
By Diego Rodríguez, David’s kinesiologist who supervises his recovery. The process of recovery involves three well-marked phases. During the first, maximum precautions were taken; we considered what things could be done and also what couldn’t be done. By doing exercises in the gym and in the pool, he could improve his mobility and strength without putting too much pressure and load on the hip and on the injury which was repaired. From this week, the 15th day after surgery, we have introduced the first important change: now he walks using only one crutch, begins with other movements and intensifies what he has been doing. We have divided all the work, which takes him one hour and a half, into two shifts for him not to find it too long and tiring which would be detrimental to our planning. This is an intermediate phase, when precautions are taken but it is a bit more flexible. We now want him to meet the goals planned together with the medical corps; which means regaining little by little full mobility of the hip and muscular strength, but above all, we want him not to feel pain and to move forward without decompensations. In this way, when we reach the training phase, there won’t be any mobility or strength deficit, and above all, any coordination of movements deficit. The third phase takes place after the sixth week after surgery, when we begin planning the work together with the physical trainers. But I don’t want to get ahead of the curve because each recovery period is individual and unique. David is doing great; he meets the goals some days before planned, so we are optimistic about his recovery. We are living day by day, week by week. We will make good use of his progress and will require a bit more of him.