Hooker injures adductor

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Re: Hooker injures adductor

Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:45 am

A few more snippets:

http://livenews.com.au/sport/hooker-sti ... /17/216497
Whatever happens he won't jump again until the start of the competition, although he and coach Alex Parnov are simulating the vaulting action with some gymnastics exercises as part of the recovery process.



If Hooker is looking for a good omen he could turn his attention back to the 2001 world titles when fellow Australian Dmitri Markov -- who was also coached by Parnov -- overcame a serious foot injury to win the gold medal with 6.05m.

"Alex has a long history of having athletes get injured before majors and they manage to get it together and jump well," Hooker said.

"The thing is, you don't lose any form in the last 10 days or week.

"If I can get there and jump I will still be in as good a shape as I was before the injury.

"I know if I get out there and I'm in good enough shape to jump, I'm sure I'll jump well."


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Re: Hooker injures adductor

Unread postby Andy_C » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:38 pm

Some videos of interviews regarding the injury

Interview with Steve Hooker:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fp2SAFJ3no

Interview with Alex Parnov:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR3uhDaCap4
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Re: Hooker injures adductor

Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:15 am

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/ ... te-injury/

Hooker ready to compete despite injury
AAP
August 20, 2009, 3:36 pm

Reigning Olympic champion Steve Hooker is set to defy a thigh injury and have a crack at qualifying for the men's pole vault final at the world athletics championships on Thursday.

The torn adductor muscle has prevented Hooker, the Australian team captain, from doing any vaulting during training in the last 10 days.

But after completing a practice session under the watchful eye of coach Alex Parnov early on Thursday morning, the pair decided it was worth having a crack at the qualifying round starting at 10.10am local time (1810 AEST).

The plan is for Hooker to have his first jump at 5.65m.

The automatic qualifying height to advance to the final on Saturday evening (Sunday morning AEST) is 5.75m.

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Re: Hooker injures adductor

Unread postby Pogo Stick » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:25 pm

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Brave leap could end Hooker's title hopes
Dan Silkstone
August 21, 2009 - 12:38AM

HE SHOWED up, warmed up, and did what he had to do - securing a place in the world championships final despite the injury that has kept him from training for the past 10 days - but the news was not all good for Steve Hooker in Berlin.

The Australian had planned a death or glory strategy on Thursday, skipping the early stages to protect his damaged right thigh and staking it all on a single jump of 5.65 metres that he expected would be enough to qualify. He believed he only had one attempt in him, and it turned out he was right. Hooker ran down the runway, planted his pole and cleared the 5.65m needed to get him through to the final on Sunday morning, Sydney time.

But the flush of relief did not last long. As soon as he landed, the Australian knew he was in trouble, grimacing and clutching at the upper right thigh he had injured 10 days before. He limped from the mat and immediately sought treatment. ''It wasn't great fun,'' he said afterwards. ''I felt it straining down the runway. I don't know if anything happened once I got off the ground. It's all a bit of a blur.''

Yesterday's performance under duress has bought him time. Hooker now has an additional 56 hours to rest, recover, heal and hope. He will be hoping his qualifying effort did not worsen the slowly recovering muscle tear.

Will he be fit? ''It's hard to say,'' he said afterwards, ''I really don't know. I had to shut it down to give myself any chance of competing in two days. Hopefully, I can but I think things have to go well.''

Should he take his place in the final, the Australian will again know that his body cannot cope with more than one or two attempts to clear the bar.

The strategy will be the same as it was yesterday: stake it all on the first jump - setting the bar high enough to win a medal - and hope for the best.

He does not believe that medal is likely to be the same colour as the one he won in Beijing. ''I think potentially at these championships the gold is out of my reach,'' he said.

Aside from the injury, his form is promising. He cleared 5.65m with ease, one of 11 men to do so en route to the final. ''It was a good jump,'' he said. ''I'm jumping well.''

The man expected to provide Hooker's chief opposition, emerging French star Renaud Lavillenie, was an early leader with a jump of 5.55m.

Viktor Chistiakov - formerly married to Tatiana Grigorieva and competing for Australia but now back in Russia's colours - also cleared the mark, as did American hope Derek Miles. A total of 17 men made it past that height.

Hooker needed some to stumble at the next level and for his own body to hold out if he was to make it into the final 12. Lavillenie - who has the highest outdoor jump in the world this year with 6.01m - cleared 5.65m. German Alexander Straub joined him at that height shortly after. Britain's Steve Lewis did the same, as did several others.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
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