Kilian Jornet officially confirms two month recovery after broken fibula at Pierra Menta, yet no additional surgery will be required.
Kilian Jornet fell when racing at Pierra Menta last weekend and broke his fibula. His team has officially confirmed today that will be out of action for at least two months and will miss the end of the ski season, although he won’t need surgery. Kilian was leading the race together with his teammate Jakob Hermann by far, when he fell on Saturday and fractured the fibula of his left leg as well as a grade I-II sprain of the front fibular ligament (LPAA).
KILIAN JORNET BREAKS HIS FIBULA AFTER EXCELLING ON RETURN TO COMPETITION.
Two months recovery expected, yet no additional surgery required.
Kilian Jornet recently reappeared by competing in mountain skiing after three and a half months of his intervention on the shoulders. He did so at the fourth stop of the World Cup that will take place in Sant Vincent (France) and where the individual and vertical kilometer tests will be played. He then moved on to the Skimo European championships at Catania first and then on to Altitoy two stage race at th Pyrenees. At all thm he proved to be again to be back almost at the top of his game, claiming either victory or podium at just about every event he entered.
Unfortunately, when taking on the four stage Pierra Menta last weekend, after four stages of racing and right at the descent before last he fell and broke his fibula. Kilian was leading the race together with his teammate Jakob Hermann by far, when he fell on Saturday and fractured the fibula of his left leg as well as a grade I-II sprain of the front fibular ligament (LPAA). Jornet will be out of action for at least 2 months and will miss the end of the ski season, although he won’t need surgery
Last Saturday Kilian Jornet fell during the Pierra Menta, a mountain ski race which was held in Areches Beaufort, in the French Alps. Annecy, March 20, 2018During the last descent Jornet was in the lead along with his teammate, the Austrian Jakob Hermann, when he fell heavily. When he stood up he felt a sharp pain in his left leg and foot, in spite of which he tried to finish the stage. However, the pain prevented him from going on and on the next ascent, aware that he might have a serious injury, he abandoned the race and asked for help. The event’s rescue teams took him to the medical centre at Beaufort. There tests showed that he had a broken fibula and his leg was immobilised.
To determine the seriousness of the injury Jornet had a scan in Annecy (France). The results as shown below, proved that, as well as breaking the fibula, he had a Grade I-II sprain of the front fibular ligament (LPAA). Jornet will not require surgery but will have to rest the immobilised leg for several weeks. After two weeks he can begin passive physiotherapy using hydro and magnetic therapy before moving on to more active therapy. The total recovery period is expected to last 3 months. After the medical examination the diagnosis was confirmed and Dani Brotons, Kilian Jornet’s personal physician, announced: “Kilian has a spiral fracture in the middle third of the fibula, not displaced, as well as a Grade I-II sprain of the front fibular ligament (LPAA). We saw no need for surgery and have completely immobilised the leg. We estimate the fracture will take 2 months to heal and the sprain about 3 weeks. We will continue with weekly tests to ensure the fracture is not displaced.”
Jornet was relaxed about the injury and said: “I fell near the end of the Pierra Menta and I knew right away that it was bad. I’d like to thank everyone at Pierra Menta for their support – safety and medical personnel, skiing staff from Areches Beaufort and the volunteers who helped me. Accidents like this happen and now all I have to do is concentrate on making a good recovery so I can start thinking of new challenges!”
Next steps: For now, Jornet will miss the final races of the mountain ski season in which he planned to compete and will return to Norway to begin the process of healing and rehabilitation, that according to our web physiotherapists may take several weeks as mentioned by Kilian´s own team. He will focus on his recovery before thinking about challenges for the summer season.
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