Pitcher Tim Hudson Makes Full Recovery from Severe Ankle Break

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson was gaining momentum as an outstanding performer when a tragic accident stopped him dead in his tracks. On April 30, 2013, Hudson achieved the mark of being the 113th pitcher in the major league to acquire 200 wins. Then on July 24 in a game against the New York Mets, batter Eric Young Jr, who was sprinting out of the batter’s box, stepped on Hudson’s ankle while he was covering first base.

How It Happened

Tim Hudson was shining during the Braves / Mets game on July 24 with 7.2 innings pitched, 9 strike outs and 2 earned runs. Eric Young, Jr. of the Mets hit a grounder off of Hudson that was easily fielded by Freddie Freeman, first baseman for the Braves, which left Hudson to cover the bag. The toss to first base was made on time and the out was called, but Young inadvertently stepped on Hudson’s right ankle which caused a severe fracture that took him to the ground.

Hudson, 38 years old at the time, was treated by EMS personnel for about 10 minutes who then loaded him onto a backboard and carted him off the field. The initial report to waiting fans was that Hudson would receive surgery on the ankle as soon as swelling subsided. The injury knocked him out of playing the rest of the season.

Corrective Measures

On Friday, July 26, surgery was performed on Hudson’s ankle. Repairs were made to his fractured fibula as well as a ruptured deltoid ligament.

Upon completion of the surgery, Hudson underwent three phases of rehabilitation. Phase one sought to reduce pain, inflammation and edema, and improve range of motion. During phase two, Hudson worked on increasing his range of motion, improving strength and muscular control, and regaining joint function. The final phase of recovery focused on increasing lower extremity power, improving neuromuscular control in all ranges of motion and practicing skills necessary to return to play.

Effect on Career

Although Tim Hudson’s devastating ankle injury kept him from finishing the 2013 season, he was approved for play for the 2014 season. Hudson became a free agent at the end of the 2013 season and was picked up by the San Francisco Giants on November 18 under a two-year contract worth $23 million.

Hudson demonstrated his good health by setting a Giants franchise record of successfully pitching 30 2/3 no-walk innings before an April 25th walk of Cleveland Indians player Carlos Santana brought the streak to an end. Stats accumulated during 2014 are right in step with those occurring before the ankle injury, further demonstrating that Hudson has fully recovered.

Hudson was also selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game which was held at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15. This was his fourth appearance as an All-Star and possibly his last due to his advancing age.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson was gaining momentum as an outstanding performer when a tragic accident stopped him dead in his tracks. On April 30, 2013, Hudson achieved the mark of being the 113th pitcher in the major league to acquire 200 wins. Then on July 24 in a game against the New York Mets, batter Eric Young Jr, who was sprinting out of the batter’s box, stepped on Hudson’s ankle while he was covering first base.

How It Happened

Tim Hudson was shining during the Braves / Mets game on July 24 with 7.2 innings pitched, 9 strike outs and 2 earned runs. Eric Young, Jr. of the Mets hit a grounder off of Hudson that was easily fielded by Freddie Freeman, first baseman for the Braves, which left Hudson to cover the bag. The toss to first base was made on time and the out was called, but Young inadvertently stepped on Hudson’s right ankle which caused a severe fracture that took him to the ground.

Hudson, 38 years old at the time, was treated by EMS personnel for about 10 minutes who then loaded him onto a backboard and carted him off the field. The initial report to waiting fans was that Hudson would receive surgery on the ankle as soon as swelling subsided. The injury knocked him out of playing the rest of the season.

Corrective Measures

On Friday, July 26, surgery was performed on Hudson’s ankle. Repairs were made to his fractured fibula as well as a ruptured deltoid ligament.

Upon completion of the surgery, Hudson underwent three phases of rehabilitation. Phase one sought to reduce pain, inflammation and edema, and improve range of motion. During phase two, Hudson worked on increasing his range of motion, improving strength and muscular control, and regaining joint function. The final phase of recovery focused on increasing lower extremity power, improving neuromuscular control in all ranges of motion and practicing skills necessary to return to play.

Effect on Career

Although Tim Hudson’s devastating ankle injury kept him from finishing the 2013 season, he was approved for play for the 2014 season. Hudson became a free agent at the end of the 2013 season and was picked up by the San Francisco Giants on November 18 under a two-year contract worth $23 million.

Hudson demonstrated his good health by setting a Giants franchise record of successfully pitching 30 2/3 no-walk innings before an April 25th walk of Cleveland Indians player Carlos Santana brought the streak to an end. Stats accumulated during 2014 are right in step with those occurring before the ankle injury, further demonstrating that Hudson has fully recovered.

Hudson was also selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game which was held at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15. This was his fourth appearance as an All-Star and possibly his last due to his advancing age.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson was gaining momentum as an outstanding performer when a tragic accident stopped him dead in his tracks. On April 30, 2013, Hudson achieved the mark of being the 113th pitcher in the major league to acquire 200 wins. Then on July 24 in a game against the New York Mets, batter Eric Young Jr, who was sprinting out of the batter’s box, stepped on Hudson’s ankle while he was covering first base.

How It Happened

Tim Hudson was shining during the Braves / Mets game on July 24 with 7.2 innings pitched, 9 strike outs and 2 earned runs. Eric Young, Jr. of the Mets hit a grounder off of Hudson that was easily fielded by Freddie Freeman, first baseman for the Braves, which left Hudson to cover the bag. The toss to first base was made on time and the out was called, but Young inadvertently stepped on Hudson’s right ankle which caused a severe fracture that took him to the ground.

Hudson, 38 years old at the time, was treated by EMS personnel for about 10 minutes who then loaded him onto a backboard and carted him off the field. The initial report to waiting fans was that Hudson would receive surgery on the ankle as soon as swelling subsided. The injury knocked him out of playing the rest of the season.

Corrective Measures

On Friday, July 26, surgery was performed on Hudson’s ankle. Repairs were made to his fractured fibula as well as a ruptured deltoid ligament.

Upon completion of the surgery, Hudson underwent three phases of rehabilitation. Phase one sought to reduce pain, inflammation and edema, and improve range of motion. During phase two, Hudson worked on increasing his range of motion, improving strength and muscular control, and regaining joint function. The final phase of recovery focused on increasing lower extremity power, improving neuromuscular control in all ranges of motion and practicing skills necessary to return to play.

Effect on Career

Although Tim Hudson’s devastating ankle injury kept him from finishing the 2013 season, he was approved for play for the 2014 season. Hudson became a free agent at the end of the 2013 season and was picked up by the San Francisco Giants on November 18 under a two-year contract worth $23 million.

Hudson demonstrated his good health by setting a Giants franchise record of successfully pitching 30 2/3 no-walk innings before an April 25th walk of Cleveland Indians player Carlos Santana brought the streak to an end. Stats accumulated during 2014 are right in step with those occurring before the ankle injury, further demonstrating that Hudson has fully recovered.

Hudson was also selected to participate in this year’s All-Star Game which was held at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15. This was his fourth appearance as an All-Star and possibly his last due to his advancing age.

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References

1. http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9507186/tim-hudson-atlanta-braves-fractures-right-ankle

2. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130726&content_id=54853168&notebook_id=54853176&vkey=notebook_atl&c_id=atl

3. http://prezi.com/ov4ycdvghye2/tim-hudsons-ankle-fracture-road-to-recovery/

4. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24586457/tim-hudson-as-good-as-ever-following-major-ankle-injury-at-age-38

5. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24621147/returning-from-gruesome-injury-tim-hudson-cherishes-all-star-trip

References

1. http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9507186/tim-hudson-atlanta-braves-fractures-right-ankle

2. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130726&content_id=54853168&notebook_id=54853176&vkey=notebook_atl&c_id=atl

3. http://prezi.com/ov4ycdvghye2/tim-hudsons-ankle-fracture-road-to-recovery/

4. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24586457/tim-hudson-as-good-as-ever-following-major-ankle-injury-at-age-38

5. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24621147/returning-from-gruesome-injury-tim-hudson-cherishes-all-star-trip

References

1. http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9507186/tim-hudson-atlanta-braves-fractures-right-ankle

2. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130726&content_id=54853168&notebook_id=54853176&vkey=notebook_atl&c_id=atl

3. http://prezi.com/ov4ycdvghye2/tim-hudsons-ankle-fracture-road-to-recovery/

4. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24586457/tim-hudson-as-good-as-ever-following-major-ankle-injury-at-age-38

5. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24621147/returning-from-gruesome-injury-tim-hudson-cherishes-all-star-trip