Irondequoit runner Ryan Thompson makes comeback after stress fracture injury

November 17, 2017 08:29 PM

He's one of the best runners in New York State, but the season almost ended before it began for Irondequoit's Ryan Thompson.

"For a couple of days, my leg was kind of hurting," he says. "Then we went on a long run and all of a sudden it just kind of gave out."

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Doctors discovered that Ryan had a severe stress fracture. "It was in my lower femur. It was almost a full break."

"I was extremely concerned that his entire fall season was over. It was one of the worse stress fractures I've ever seen," says Doctor Katherine Rizzone.

Ryan's doctor says that stress fractures are common among high school athletes and are caused by repetitive motions like running, as seen in Ryan's case. Doctor Rizzone also says endurance sports like cycling and cross country are notorious for these types of injuries, but stress fractures can pop up in any sport.

She says, "Dancing, for example, I see a lot of dancers and a lot of gymnasts and they will have stress fractures in their back because they have that repetitive motion with their bending back. Football players, who you don’t think of doing repetitive running over and over again, will get have stress fractures in their feet because of the fact they're just moving so much and on that turf there's such impact there. Baseball players will get stress fractures in their shoulders, same with volleyball players and lacrosse players that are predominantly using their arm in terms of force."

Ryan's recovery took months, but eventually he was back doing what he loves. But how can you prevent this from happening to yourself? "Appropriate rest is very important. Diversification of types of motion so making sure, for example, your hips are strong, your feet are strong so your shin isn't taking that blow."

Ryan is completely recovered and will race in the Federation Tournament this weekend with a chance to the East Coast Regionals and possibly the High School National Championships.


Breland Moore

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