How I Blew Out My Knee and Came Back to Win a National Championship

An essay by Jason Shen

… This story is for every anyone (athlete or not) who’s struggled with an injury – yeah it sucks big time, but do ALL your physical therapy and be unreasonably optimistic. Things can and will get better. …

On January 19th, 2007, while competing for Stanford Men’s Gymnastics at the UC Berkeley, I suffered a total knee dislocation while performing a double-twisting Yurchenko. My ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL and meniscus were instantly torn. It hurt a lot.

I underwent multiple surgeries, required the use of crutches for months and spent a couple hundred hour in physical therapy. One year later, I was back in the arena as an active competitor. In my final season, I was elected a team captain and helped lead our team to win the 2009 NCAA Team Championship – our first victory in over 14 years. …

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Part 3 is yet to come.

You might want to bookmark it as an inspirational read for anyone trying to come back from injury.

Thanks Jason.

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coach Rick

Career gymnastics coach from Calgary, Canada.

6 thoughts on “How I Blew Out My Knee and Came Back to Win a National Championship”

  1. Hey guys – thanks so much for sharing my posts – I’ve loved being a gymnast and I just wanted to share my struggles with injury and the journey I went through to come back. It’s a tough road but competing again is so worth it.

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