More information on the state of the knees
I missed an article posted a few days ago on El Pais about Rafa’s knees. Thanks to Genny SS/SpanishRNFAN, we have a translation.
Nadal frena para llegar a los Juegos – by Juan Jose Mateo
Nadal stops to get ready for the Games
Less than a month before the Games in London start, on the 27th, Rafael Nadal announced yesterday that he won’t play the exhibition organized with Novak Djokovic at the Bernabeu on July 14 because the pain in the patellar tendon in one of his knees is forcing him to stop his training sessions for 15 days. After being knocked out against Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon, where both joints already ached, the Spaniard went to visit Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, his personal physician and that of the Spanish Federation, and Mikel Sanchez, a specialist who treats him Vitoria. The break recommended by the doctors leaves the 11 times Grand Slam and defending Olympic gold champion with very little time to prepare the Games.
It all started at Wimbledon. The player underwent two scans in the facilities of the tournament, where he arrived dragging the pains from the spring which had forced him to withdraw from the semifinals of the Miami Masters 1000. On this occasion, the objective was not the quadriceps tendon of his knees, which have given him problems at other times, but the patella, especially on the left (knee). Having reviewed the images, and as the pain was bearable, the Spaniard was subjected to treatment with antiinflammatory drugs and a thermotherapy machine, treatments that he will have to repeat now. “In London we worked so that the injury did not get worse,” explained sources familiar with the medical condition of the number two, “but it did not get better, either.”
“Before,” explained the same sources, “it was thought that Nadal suffered tendinitis, that is, an inflammation of the tendons. Now we talk about tendinopathy: the tendon degenerates and the body must regenerate it. Someone, who punishes himself physically as much as him suffers more in this respect, and that is why he resorts to the injection of growth factors.” Nadal gets injections of these factors in the knees for which he travels to Vitoria an average of three times a year. Each painful session is followed by a subsequent period of rest, as now. There is, however, one difference: the Games are just around the corner. The tennis players will travel to London on July 22 and will begin his training on the grass on the 23th. Nadal’s medical condition, according to the tennis federation sources, has not altered in any way such plans. They count on him.
“The doctors have been checking my knee and tell me that I suffer from tendinitis in the patellar tendon and I have to rest for 15 days, which makes it impossible to play with Djokovic as we planned and announced,” the player himself explained in a statement. The Real Madrid Foundation and the Rafa Nadal Foundation hoped to beat the record of attendance at a tennis match and reach the 80,000 spectators. About 30,000 tickets, of between six and 25 euros, were already sold. “On Monday I was with the doctors and started the recovery treatment in order to also be able to play in London and represent Spain again,” he added. “Now I will combine my rehab with some short holidays and return to practice in 15 days.”