On Sept. 9, 2012, Olympic gold-medalist McKayla Maroney was injured on her uneven bars dismount at the Ontario, Calif., performance of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Maroney’s MRI showed a fractured tibia on her left leg, and she is currently in a brace to keep the leg stabilized. Maroney and her family are consulting with physicians and specialists to determine the proper course of treatment. Maroney’s return to the Kellogg’s Tour in some capacity will be determined at the appropriate time during her recovery.
In London, it was revealed that Maroney was carrying a fibula fracture, in the other bone of the calf. Luckily the majority of tibia and fibula fractures heal without any complication but of course there is always risk of soft tissue damage to the area. The function of the tibia is to carry body weight so Maroney will be on her crutches for some time until the fractures heals, so perhaps 6 – 8 weeks in her leg brace to immobilise the bone.
Poor Maroney, she has had a tough time of late, the concussion at Olympic Trials, fibula fracture, big toe problem in London and now another fracture. Something tells me that her young body needs a good rest period.
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