March 7, 2022 is a day that skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will not neglect. This time final yr he was simply beginning the restoration from what he referred to as “the most traumatic injury of my life.” Now, a yr later, Hawk has posted a collection of tweets and a few video offering an replace on the highs and lows of the previous yr recovering from his damaged femur.
Hawk just isn’t solely referred to as a skateboarding icon, however his title additionally manufacturers one of the in style skateboarding video video games within the historical past of video video games. He is additionally parlayed his success into the business world, even enjoying upon his restoration in a TikTok business that aired only a few months in the past.
However in March of final yr, Hawk took a spill that resulted in a damaged femur. In an Instagram message to followers on the time, the skateboarder supplied, “I broke my elbow 20 years ago and managed to make a full comeback; this recovery for a broken femur will be much harder because of its severity (and my age). But I’m up for the challenge.”
He later added, “I’ll be back… maybe not at full capacity but I resigned to that notion years ago as I approached ‘mid-life.’ Thanks to my unyieldingly supportive, tolerant family—and all of you—for the love and support through the years; I wouldn’t be here without you. See you on the other side.”
Now, a full yr faraway from the damage, Hawk has supplied an replace, reflecting on his late 2022 setback that resulted in a second surgical procedure and sharing video of himself again on a skateboard as he makes an attempt to renew his restoration in a way that does not lead to one other setback.
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“A year ago I had the most traumatic injury of my life. It hasn’t been the recovery I wished for, more like the recovery I deserve for trying to cheat a realistic timeline,” writes Hawk. “My first comeback attempt was shattered early on because I ignored warning signs that my body wasn’t ready. I was in denial for months, pushing through constant pain and trying to force skating even though I literally didn’t have a leg to stand on. I put my close ones through regretful, worrisome times in those cavalier days, and I can only apologize for being too rushed and careless.”
He continues, “My leg was realigned during a second surgery in Nov and it has been a gift of modern medicine. I’ve been patient & disciplined in my approach this time. So here is the state of things: I’m back, sorta. My skills aren’t ready for prime time but I’m happy to share my progress here.”
The skateboarder then shared video of himself on a skateramp getting some air, however not pushing himself too vigorously.
“I’m still standing… and leaning into a proper recovery, both figuratively & literally,” says Hawk. “Thank you for all of the support through this tumultuous journey. To those struggling with recovery of any sort: stay strong, patient & be kind to yourself. Our wheels have not fallen off yet.”
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