‘The Knee Club’
Three Adelaide Thunderbirds players are progressing through their rehabilitation programs, following knee reconstructions.
Rehab for Cat Tuivaiti, who ruptured her ACL in her final game for New Zealand team Central Pulse in early July, is tracking along well with the shooter now in the strength phase of her program.
Coach Dan Ryan said at this stage, there’s been no date set on when Cat will take to the court and the club is taking it step-by-step with her.
“Cat is very determined to get back out on the court, and her influence and character amongst the group is already been very valuable. We’re very fortunate to have her and we’re looking forward to the day when we see her get back on court and see what she does best,” he said.
Training partner, Emily Burgess, has recently commenced her running program and club physiotherapist Scott Smith said her progress is looking fantastic.
“Her rehab has been progressing really well,” he said. “At this stage, she is on track to return to the court nine months post surgery, which is the earliest return you can hope for after an ACL.”
Emily Burgess ruptured her ACL in late May during the last training session of the 2017 SSN season.
Fellow training partner Chelsea Lemke is in the early stages of her rehab program after sustaining her ACL injury in the State Premier League Grand Final.
Close to full return
After sustaining a significant ankle sprain in the Premier League Grand Final, Sasha Glasgow is currently taking part in a modified training program, which includes some court work. She is expected to begin full training in early to mid December.