I hope that I will be back in the game in November and will get back in shape before the World’s Championship in January – says Michał Jurecki, one of the world’s best handball players, after a checkup in Rehasport Clinic.
Michał Jurecki was very unlucky during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – at the end of the first half Mateusz Kus, his team’s and club’s mate, stepped on his foot and ended his further participation in the tournament. The ankle injury turned to be so serious that a surgery was required. This playmaker of Polish national team and Vive Tauron Kielce underwent a surgery three weeks ago in Rehasport Clinic Hospital. The surgery was carried out by PhD Tomasz Piontek, Tomasz Owczarski and Paweł Cybulski. Michał Jurecki is currently being rehabilitated – most of his time in Kielce and once or twice a week in Poznań. He is recovering fast under the watchful eye of doctor Tomasz Owczarski, the national team doctor, and Bartosz Kiedrowski, our physiotherapist.
What is the condition of your injured leg?
Michał Jurecki: – It’s all right, I guess. I have just had another checkup in Poznań and my doctor said that everything was OK. My physiotherapist assures that exercises are effective so everything is going in the right direction. Nobody likes to be injured but it’s an integral part of our sport. We sometimes sustain injuries. I have not been prone to any so far. When I was 19 or 20, I strained a muscle seriously and after a surgery had to sit on a bench for one year and a half. The same happened with arthoscopy when they cut a piece of meniscus. When I tore my biceps off, and this happened during the world’s championship in Sweden in 2011, I had to miss a game for 3,5 months. It was my longest break.
Do you know when you can be back on the pitch?
– They said that I would join my team after about eight weeks after the surgery. I must be 100% healthy, though. It’s been three weeks so far and there are still five more – this is how I see it. I mean going back to trainings, not the game. I would like to play as soon as possible but it depends on my fitness. There is still a lot of time before the world’s championship starts and by this time I will certainly have a chance to play in a few important matches in Kielce. I hope however that I will be back in the game in November and then I will be likely to regain my fitness by January.
Shortly after this injury in Rio de Janeiro they said that you might be back in the game soon. Why didn’t it happen?
– Early examinations showed that my ligaments were damaged and they were supposed to regenerate on their own. And it was supposed to take three days only. I was to wait until the injury was healed. But further examinations and magnetic resonance excluded my chances of playing in the Olympic Games.
Did it hurt?
– It did, it broke my heart. I was on the bench, in the first row, as close to the pitch as possible. And I knew I couldn’t join them so I tried to support them in any possible way: I shouted, encouraged and cheered on them. Well, theoretically I could join them because I was a team member officially but they had told me before that it wouldn’t happen. I sat on the bench because it was obligatory.
What is your week like now? Are your trainings different?
– It is hard work. I train on my own, a few times a day. In the hall, in the gym, bicycle riding, and some exercises at home. I follow Barter Kiedrowski’s instructions. Sometimes four times a day. Walking also makes your foot work, Achilles stretches. It’s going in the right direction. I just have an orthosis so that my leg does not move to the sides because these movements are still undesired. First, I had a special shoe, then crutches, I used one last week but we finally got rid of them. Soon I will be ready to function regularly, take side steps and all other exercises. And it doesn’t disturb me in my life. I can drive a car, I don’t feel any pain, I can walk. When I left my crutches, I felt good.
Interviewer: Andrzej Grupa