Originally Posted by IcemanCometh
no offense dude but there is a story the recovery nurses couldn't keep him in bed after the surgery. He jumped outta bed he was so happy the pain was gone. I would agree that a normal person might be that way but athletes like these do amazing shit all the time. Look at Cro Cop with his nose and the doctor being amazed he fought. kurt angle's neck in the olympics, Wandy fighting Dan just days after having strep throat and a very dangerously high fever, sokoudjou(sp?) taking a fight on short short notice with two fractured hands-I could go on but I think you get the picture. Not to mention his recovery time and things he has been doing in training like swimming with hand paddles that has improved his back and sholders.
Sylvia is pain free and is saying he will come into the fight at 250 lbs. that is light. I haven't checked the weigh results....well 260.5 is still pretty good. While I see your point I hope his back won't be a problem.
Unlike fractured bones or strained muscles... soft tissue injuries are the worst.
When the cartilage in a QB knees go, his career is over.
A disk in your back isnt hard like bone, its soft and the center is even softer... Ive had 2 disk herniations on two different occasions.
He got his vertebrae fused to keep the disk from being crushed, which means his flexiblity (what little there was) is shot.
Which is why he was swimming and biking... he cant handle high impact exercises anymore... his spine is like a shock absorber, if he jumps/runs/twists, hes gonna pay for it.
He can build up as much back/shoulder muscles as he wants, they wont counter gravity nor compensate for the disk herniation... muscles only contract and relax, they dont expand, so there is nothing he can do to keep the disk from being crushed.
Its good that he lost weight, cause it all helps to take the load off of his back, hence his spine.
You can try to compensate for disk, but its never going to be same... you simply cannot build back the soft tissue... and once you get it, you are prone for the re-occurance.
Its good that he is pain free, but he isnt going to push himself to where he might suffer and injury during training either... which is not going to be the case as soon as he steps inside that ring.
Dont get me wrong, I dont think he will be dead in the water... but you simply dont walk away from a severe injury like that unscathed.
I just hope you are right and that he actually did recover fully from his injury.