Collin Barber: off the Water, and Back Again

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For the past year, I have had to restrict my skiing due to a knee injury that I got last spring. I ended up tearing a ligament in my knee doing surface turns. For the first half of the summer, I was unable to ski. It was extremely annoying and agonizing to wait to ski again. Eventually, I was cleared and continued to ski the rest of the remaining summer. The doctors had said my knee was fine but something still seemed off about it. It still hurt during some types of movement and ached every now and then. After summer was over, I got it checked out one more time just in case. The doctors came to the conclusion to scope my knee to just “clean stuff up”. After the quick operation, I would be all good for full physical ability in just a couple weeks.

So there I was in the hospital, waiting for the anesthesiologists, when the doctor finally told me, “Oh, by the way, there could be a possibility while we’re in there that your knee’s meniscus is torn too. And if it is, well we’re gonna fix it and you won’t be able to do anything for the next 5 months. But that’s a small possibility. So! Let’s go!”

And what do ya know, after I woke up from the operation, I got to find out that that small possibility had actually happened. What that meant was for the next month and a half I couldn’t walk or bend my leg. Then the next 3 and a half months I got to walk, but I still couldn’t run or do any physical activity.

So… besides this winter being completely immobilizing, I have finally rehabilitated completely. For the first time in two years, I finally get to compete again barefooting, and I am definitely looking forward to it. I have goals already set that I am determined to meet by the end of the summer.

Collin Barber

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