After 12 long weeks, Dion is back!
During a training session in early September last year, Dion felt a sharp pain in his back, which was diagnosed as growing pains, and put him out for 10 weeks.
Finally, getting back into training after completing a full rehabilitation programme, Dion managed 3 fixtures. A behind closed doors friendly at Carrington, Lancashire FA Cup draw against Oldham, and Youth Alliance game, Shrewsbury away. However, it was in the first half of the Shrewsbury game that the pain came back, and Dion came off in tears. This time he described the pain as being even more painful than the first time.
On Monday 28th November, Dion had a CT scan. A phone call later that evening to him and his parents, gave them the awful news of his injury being a back fracture. This put him on shut-down for 9 weeks, meaning Dion had to be at home, in total rest, avoiding too much movement.
Dion described how difficult and demotivating it was going through this rest period. “As you can imagine, it gets very boring and very lonely”, he laughed “I think I’ve watched almost every series on Netflix”.
Despite the down days, his attitude stayed positive and took on board the advice given to him. He did make sure he looked after himself, his diet and rested well. Being a true team mate, Dion didn’t miss any of the Youth Team games, and was always on the side line supporting the lads!
9 weeks later Dion was back having a CT scan, but much to his disappointment, the back fracture wasn’t fully healed, and his shut-down period was extended by another 3 weeks.
12 weeks in and Dion was back for his final CT scan, finally given the thumbs up to get back into training. Working closely with the Sports Therapist Tom Walsh, over the 4 weeks, Dion will be completing a full rehabilitation programme. Starting yesterday, it will include none-weight baring exercises such as the bike, and pool work.
We wish Dion a speedy recovery and will be keeping you up to date with his recovery progress on our social channels:
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