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September 1, 2007

On and Off the Course: Injuries, recoveries and Solheim Cup

TERRE HAUTE — The last month has been a tough one for my family. Life in general and golf specifically has been interrupted by injuries. I was out for about three weeks after having torn a tendon in my left calf while playing tennis (note: a big “Thank you!” to Beth Levin and Tia Bennett-Faro, who jumped to my aid immediately with an ice pack and an Ace bandage, that they happened to have handy.)

I was told that it was a tendon that only about 50 percent of people have, and I don’t really need it. It is the tendon that is used, if it’s available, when a pitcher has Tommy John surgery.

For about a week I was unable to walk on my left leg, which made crutches a necessary evil. I mostly avoided going anywhere because crutches hurt my arms so much.

Luckily the injury happened before school had started, so my boys were very helpful, doing laundry and other household chores for me. They even helped at the grocery store. I was back to golf last weekend, although I rode in a cart to avoid stressing my calf too much. Also, my husband is out for the rest of the season with two herniated disks in his neck. He’s been in pain most of the summer, so hopefully he’ll get it taken care of and be able to play golf again next summer.

He’s got something in common with Annika Sorenstam, who missed much of the 2007 season, suffering from a ruptured disk in her neck. She had felt tightness in her neck for most of 2006, almost a pinching sensation, but it got worst this year. Her orthopedist, Bruce Thomas, of MIMA Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine of Melbourne, Fla., attributes the injury to the forces applied to Sorenstam’s neck over many years of swinging a golf club, according to an article in “Golf for Women.”

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