Luke Carson out of Worlds

Here’s a rare injury of note. Broken leg on take-off from Vault.

Less than two weeks before Carson was set to leave for the World Championships, he traveled to Lowestoft, England for a pre-Worlds camp with the Great Britain team. Everything was going according to plan and seemed normal until a bad punch on the springboard leading into his vault went terribly wrong.

“I took off on the springboard and that’s when I felt the most excruciating pain in my left tibia,” Carson wrote. “I flew through the air and landed on my back screaming in pain. The ambulance came soon after. After X-rays were taken, I am sorry to say I have shattered my tibia.”

The injury in and of itself is odd, happening on the springboard versus the landing. Doctors even believe that an unknown existing stress fracture may be the cause of all of the damage. This latest turn in an unusually unlucky series of events for Carson couldn’t have come at a worse time. Not only will he undoubtedly be out of Worlds but his career could be over.

All Flipped Out

Luke
Photo via @LukeCarson23

Unlike the ladies of the SEC in College Gymnastics, Luke is one of many, many Artistic gymnasts who struggled financially to continue in his sport to the highest level.

At age-25, Mette Hulgaard still lives at home in order to afford to train for her 6th World Championships.

Much higher priority for sports organizations world wide should be funding of their top athletes.

Check in your nation. Compare the salaries of the employees of your Federation with what your top athletes are compensated.

3 comments ↓

#1 mike cates on 09.20.13 at 11:42 am

So sorry to hear about your injury! If rehab to the World Level is not in the Cards please take a moment to think about turning ALL of your knowledge and Experience into Coaching Gymnastics! Good Luck! Mike

#2 Kirsten on 09.20.13 at 4:43 pm

Dear Luke,
I feel so bad for you – so sorry for this freak accident keeping you back from your incredible achievement.
I hope that you heal quickly.
My dearest thoughts go to you.
Love Kirsten

#3 H on 09.20.13 at 5:13 pm

At age 25, I still live at home, in order to buy my first house.

I don’t think Mette’s story is sad at all. Why should her country give her a bunch of money as opposed to the other 25 year olds out there doing what they’ve chosen to do in life?

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