Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Hard As Nails Elena Myers Broken Scaphoid Daytona Victory

Barbiegirl Motorcycle Road Racing Blog - Northern Ireland

Daytona winner Elena Myers had surgery Monday night to repair a broken scaphoid in her left wrist. Myers, who raced and won the Saturday, March 17th AMA Pro SuperSport thriller despite the injury, is expected to make a full recovery and will race her SuzukiScoopFans SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki in the next round of the series, at Road Atlanta.

Myers has been working with TKB Sports Medicine rehab specialist Tuan Nguyen, who coordinated treatment of the injury. Dr. Maury Harwood performed the surgery at St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, California.

“The case went great. It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Dr. Harwood after surgery. “This was probably an old injury she aggravated. We were able to get in and find a sizeable piece of bone. The scaphoid was fixed perfectly with a headless compression screw and we expect it to heal with no complications. Elena should be back on her bike in a couple of weeks.”

Myers broke her wrist nearly a year ago in a Supermoto crash and it is not known if this injury occurred then or at a later date. The break was diagnosed a week before Daytona and Myers raced at the front in both SuperSport races, which attracted the largest field in recent memory. Elena ran in the lead pack before being shuffled back in the order on the last lap to earn sixth on Friday and then won the race on Saturday. With the victory, Myers repeated as the only woman to ever win an AMA Pro sprint road race, and also became the first female to win an AMA Pro sprint road race at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Team Hammer.com)


Myers also showed her mettle by testing for two days at Homestead last week, despite the injury.

“It bothered me here and there. I thought it was just the aftermath (of the Supermoto crash) but I never thought anything was seriously wrong,” said 18-year-old Myers. “I tested at Jennings GP before Daytona and it bothered me. I had a shocking-type pain, a surge. The next day was totally fine and I played 18 holes of golf. Later it started hurting really bad at home and I got it checked out and they found out what was wrong. I had a cortisone shot before Daytona. This is my first-ever surgery so it is kinda weird for me. The recovery time is two weeks or less so I’ll be ready for Atlanta and I am really looking forward to going there and racing again.”

"The surgery went really well," said Nguyen. "We found the fragment and Dr. Harwood did a fantastic job. He is the best in my opinion and the recovery time is two weeks or less, so we’ll work to get her recovered in time for the next race."

"I think how Elena’s handled this reflects on her dedication and the way she's persevered to keep improving," said team manager Keith Perry. "Racers have to put up with injuries from time to time and she's shown she can do that and still be competitive. Elena’s tough. She's done great and clearly made strides in the off-season. We're anxious to see her back on the bike for these next few races because things are progressing well for her."

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