Olympic hope’s furtive knee injury leads to surgery…

It takes only one blink of the eye to go from an athlete in top-shape to an injured one. Usually there is some drama involved, but for me it was a peaceful tea time on a Saturday afternoon when I felt some stiffness In my left knee.

I noticed that it was swollen and immediately I went through all my training sessions that week in my head, trying to work out what may have caused it.

I could not find any logical answer, so I figured that it must be a temporary thing. I put some ice on it and lifted it up to speed recovery that day.

The next day I flew to Italy, Formia, for my 3 week training camp. We decided (coach and I) to take the first week a little easier because of the knee. But the problem didn´t seem to go away. There was no pain, only a swollen knee, without any explanation where it had come from.

I had not experienced any pain during my harder training period before the swelling started and there was nothing else that could have caused the swelling. It was a total mystery.

The best treatment was to scan the leg to find out the real reason behind the swelling. So I went to Rome to to the Italian Olympic Medical Center to see a doctor and get an MRI of my knee.

I sent the data and pictures to my doctor in Finland for examination and eventually they found a small tear in my lateral meniscus that would need surgery.

A small operation would get me back on track in 3 weeks if everything went well. Without the surgery, I would have problems later on. So the decision was clear, and I flew back to Finland for my operation.

I am very patient when it comes to problems, and I try to solve them the best possible way. So in this story the hardest part was not the information that I have to go through my first ever surgery. It was the time in Italy when I was ready to perform 3 hard weeks of training, and after every other day, I had to tell myself ”no not today” without any reason. Mentally, that was the hardest part.

Now the plan was clear again – I will have the surgery, I will not compete in the beginning of the summer, and, finally, a I will have a very good recovery plan!

Luckily I have the best support group around me, and they are all ready to work with me and together to get this girl back in shape.

Now it´s been 4 weeks since surgery and everything seems to be going according to plan.

I have been running and now I have permission to start jumping. I go step by step listening my body and that seems to work.

My main goal for summer is to do good jumps in the World Championship Finals In August 2017, at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and that is exactly what I´m going to do. Only the preparation this year was a bit different…

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