Gee Atherton Crash

How is Gee Atherton Recovering From That Crash?

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We all winced when we heard about Gee Atherton’s crash, and the photos alone were enough to make sure that some of us didn’t watch the video. The rehab update is almost as stomach churning.

Where Wayne’s working at the moment, there’s a hole in the side of the leg in the muscle where, when the femur snapped, it blew through all the muscle.

Gee Atherton

See? The video follows him to the physio, rehab work in the gym, and shows just how hard he’s having to work to be able to perform fairly simple exercises that many of you will likely recognise from your own trips to the physio.

He concludes the video with a look forward, where he’s still talking about getting back to racing. There’s no timeline to it, but he does seem to think he can get back there. As Rachel posted in her own Instagram feed the other day, it’s not just about being strong enough to race, but it’s also about being strong enough to withstand a crash at race speed.

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Check out Gee’s video, and resolve to be a bit more committed to your own core strength and physio exercises!

In June last year World Champion Mountain-biker Gee Atherton was horrifically injured when he fell over 100 feet from a cliff during filming “The Knife Edge” , one of the big mountain projects that he loves. Prompted by the support that he has received and the huge number of questions, Gee has put together this edit to chart his physio and recovery. Join him at an exciting time for any athlete as he moves into the next stage of his journey back to the the top of his sport.

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  • How is Gee Atherton Recovering From That Crash?
  • explorerboy
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    I broke my wrist REAL bad at the tail end of last year. I was super, super good with physio and anti-inflammtories up until I started riding again.

    Guess who cant support weight on his wrist after a ride yesterday? This guy!

    Do your exercises, kids!

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    His trainer makes a really good point about doing all the base training work before getting into the big weights and fun stuff.
    Sports massages aren’t just for pro riders. My physio insists I have them regularly. Helps keeping flexible as I age (56yo).

    What would be a good interview is to ask Gee about his psychological processes during the recovery.
    The body can heal (most of the times) but the mind may not ever get back to race pace.

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    A properly interesting video. Hope he continues to heal well.

    I thought a great point in it all was the one about not needing to be fit and string enough to race again, but actually need to get back to being fit and strong enough to take a crash again. Because the reality is more crashes will occur if being remotely competitive, and he needs to be able to survive them.

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    Interesting to watch. Always amazed how these guys get back to it after these huge injuries. I badly broke my ankle climbing 2 years ago – and fundamentally it changed my whole life.

    My walking has never been that great again and most mountain sports are off the cards.I think luck has a huge amount to do with how well you recover from these things.

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    Deffo sports massage/physio during recovery, and don’t rely on the NHS. Broken spine 6 years ago, was months before I could safely have physio/sports massages, but it made a very quick change into my recovery once the consultant let them get to work. Unfortunately, NHS physio was useless – more constrained by what they are allowed to do in 10 minute appointments.

    I’m back riding more stuff than I was before- mainly road before accident, now road and MTB. Can ride all day without too much issues. But, bending for long periods, crawling under cars etc. all cause me pain – that may be age too.

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    Wayne Peter’s (the physio in the vid) has a very good rep locally. He has worked with lots of footballers, cyclists etc (including all the Atherton’s)

    I spoke to him last year about my knackered hip and he was very good and actually said don’t come and see me, which was refreshing from a Physio !

    One of my colleagues plays semi pro football and has got back to playing football.

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