US figure skater Jeremy Abbott takes a hard fall on the ice today after attempting a quadruple jump.

US Figure Skater Jerely Abbott takes a hard fall after attempting a quadruple jump today.  (Photo: Robert Deutsch USA TODAY Sports)

US Figure Skater Jerely Abbott takes a hard fall after attempting a quadruple jump today. (Photo: Robert Deutsch USA TODAY Sports)

After the fall he nearly hit the boards and lay almost motionless for 10 seconds. As he arose, he clutched his hip in pain, but continued on to finish his routine.

A quad jump is one of the most difficult jumps to complete because not only does it require the skater to leave and land on the ice with the same blade but also to complete four revolutions in the air. It has a big risk-reward ratio, but as can be seen here, the consequences of not landing it correctly can be disastrous.

From the photo, Jeremy may have suffered a multitude of injures. The most common would be a bone contusion either to the side of his hip or to his ribs. With enough of a hit to the side of the hip, you can develop an acute tendonitis that can be very debilitating. He may also have suffered an abdominal muscle pull (i.e. one of his oblique muscles).

These athletes are strong…very strong…and in order to get where Jeremy is now, this is not his first fall. More than likely, he will be very sore and badly bruised, but nothing that will keep him from competing.

You can be sure that he is getting the best care from our Olympic medical staff to get him ready for his next competition.

We wish him all the best…

Dr. Bicos
Performance Orthopedics — Keeping you in the game…Whatever your game may be…

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