Posts Tagged ‘Recovery’

A hard ending to the Cleveland Indians‘ 2017 season was the capper on an already difficult campaign for Terry Francona.

In the aftermath of the club being ousted in five games by the New York Yankees, Francona revealed this season has taken a huge toll on him from a physical standpoint and left him “pretty wiped out” heading into the winter.

“This is the most wiped out I’ve ever been after a season physically,” Francona told reporters, according to Paul Hoynes of “When I go home, whenever that is, I need to make a concerted effort in getting stronger.”

Indeed, 2017 hasn’t been a smooth ride for Francona from a health standpoint. Earlier this season the 58-year-old left a pair of games after feeling lightheaded in the dugout and subsequently had to miss a few more contests while in hospital. Then in July, Francona underwent heart surgery and was forced to miss the All-Star Game; Indians bench coach Brad Mills managed the AL All-Stars in his place.

Francona vowed on Friday he’ll use the offseason to refresh and return to the Indians “stronger” than ever before.

“I don’t mean stronger as in looking good in the lobby stronger,” he continued. “I have a responsibility to do something here. I feel at times I leaned on Millsie (Brad Mills) and some of the coaches too much. It’s supposed to be the other way around.

“So I need to get a little stronger so I can uphold my responsibilities here because that’s not good.”


The 2016 ESPYS - Arrivals

Ric Flair and his family have been through a lot since he was hospitalized in August, but fortunately, the WWE Hall of Famer appears to be getting back to his old self.

His daughter, wrestler Charlotte Flair, opened up about her father’s health scare while on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast to promote their new book, “Second Nature,” revealing that Ric didn’t recognize her after regaining consciousness. He did, however, remember a few details from the 1980s.

“When he was first taken off the machine and the doctors wanted to have him walk around, obviously he needed help and support but he didn’t even know who I was, and he was just pushing the walker and quoting numbers of towns from shows in the ’80s,” Charlotte said, per John Canton of Uproxx. “I was like, that’s great he can quote me the numbers from a show in Chicago in the ’80s but he doesn’t know who I am?

“I would just sit there and listen to him quote the numbers and was just like this is crazy. So, he is pushing the walker with the nurses and he is pushing and pushing and then he just stops and starts strutting in the ICU. He doesn’t know who I am, isn’t really talking but just does the strut and I was just like this isn’t real.”


Steven Stamkos has an extra spring in his stride.

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain, who suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery early last season, has begun skating with teammates ahead of training camp following a failed attempt to return for a playoff push in the spring.

It’s hard to say whether he’s game-ready at this point, but he’s certainly chomping at the bit to find out.

“When you’ve been through the tough stretch that I’ve been through in the last four or five years, it’s tough to know what 100 percent is,” he told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t think I will know, but like I said it’s the best its felt since the surgery, way better than where I ended the season off before the season ended when I was on the ice with the guys.

“It’s just been getting better and better every day and I can see it continually doing so. It’s just exciting. I haven’t looked this forward to a training camp in a long time. I feel like I’ve put in the work and am seeing the results.”

Stamkos added he believes his meniscus was partially torn prior to succumbing to the season-ending injury and going under the knife, and that it was the toughest rehabilitation process of all his injuries.

He missed a large chunk of 2013-14 with a leg injury, as well as the majority of the 2016 playoffs with a blood clot.

In 17 game prior to the injury, Stamkos scored nine goals and added 11 assists.

“My expectations are that I’m going to get back to that player,” he said, per Smith. “Hopefully it’s right away. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes.”


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s looking forward to a lighter, more confident Cam Newton testing out his surgically repaired throwing arm on Wednesday night.

Newton reported to training camp on Tuesday at Wofford College at 246 pounds – lighter than he has been in years – and Rivera said the league’s 2015 MVP is on schedule in his rehab and should be ready to practice right away.

”Cam had a good week last week (throwing) from what I understand,” Rivera said. ”So I am excited to see him in action.”

Rivera said head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion has a plan for Newton this summer, but wouldn’t elaborate on the details. But it’s clear the Panthers will limit his reps in some capacity, at least at the beginning of training camp.


Pat Miletich provided a positive update on the health of fellow UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes, during a Monday appearance on “The MMA Hour.”

Miletich said Hughes is out of a coma five-and-a-half weeks after his truck was slammed on the passenger side by an oncoming train on June 16.

“He is surprising the doctors,” Miletich said, according to’s Dave Doyle. “He’s making great leaps and he’s no longer in a coma, and he’s improving. It’s going to be a long road. Any type of head trauma at that level, there’s going to be some rehab.”

Miletich also shed some light on how exactly the accident happened.

“The (train) engineer said, Matt had stopped on the gravel road,” Miletich said. “It’s a hill, goes up, it’s a real quick hill that goes up to the railroad tracks. He had stopped, then tried to get across it in time. The train was going almost 50 mph.

“When you’re out in the country, there’s no crossing guards, there’s no lights. It’s almost like, he saw it, then tried to beat it. What I would say is that, you’re on a gravel road out in country on a hill and you’re trying to punch it and get over, you’re going to swing tires, he didn’t get across in time and got clipped on the passenger side.”

Miletich said he’s yet to visit Hughes in the hospital, but expressed his belief the former UFC welterweight champion will be back to his old self in time.

“Nobody is allowed to visit him besides family,” Miletich said. “That’s it right now. They don’t want to overload him, they want his energy to go to healing and not to anything else.

“I’m 100 percent sure he’s going to make a full recovery.”


When the Edmonton Oilers inked forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal last month, it did a lot more than just secure their bottom-six forward group.

It signified that the 26-year-old has finally turned a page on his battle with alcohol addiction, and in the process revived a career that once looked to be nearing its end, something Kassian credits to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“It doesn’t happen without Peter Chiarelli, who gave me the opportunity,” Kassian told Jason Gregor of

“I told him that day I was going to prove to him he made a right decision and today we’re sitting here with a new contract. I still feel I need to keep proving myself. It doesn’t stop now that I have the new deal. I just need to keep working and proving people right.”

Despite rarely finding the score sheet, Kassian serves as a key contributor for the Oilers, playing with an exuberant edge while occasionally chipping in with a timely goal, assist, or scrap to fire up his team.

In 79 regular-season games last season, Kassian registered seven goals and 17 assists to go along with 201 hits – good for 23rd-most in the NHL.

With his foreseeable future now secure in the City of Champions, Kassian realizes that it’s time to prove that his battle with alcohol is behind him for good.

“For me, I made a promise to my family, to the Edmonton organization, and, most importantly, to myself that I wasn’t going to drink again, and as soon as I made that decision I feel like that’s when everything started climbing back upwards,” Kassian said.

“I feel like if your mindset is you’re not going to drink again, you’re not going to drink again. You make a tough decision and stick with it. I think that’s where I’m at now with it. Obviously, I have a lot to lose, which helps with the team we have in Edmonton.”


More than two weeks after his truck was struck by a moving train, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes no longer needs a ventilator and is showing “small signs of improvement,” his sister Beth Hughes Ulrici announced Tuesday on Facebook, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

The incident occurred on June 16 in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro, after Hughes drove his truck over train tracks.

The vehicle was hit on the passenger side, and Hughes was subsequently transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The UFC legend did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries, although he’d been only slightly responsive since being stabilized.

State police are still investigating, Raimondi reports.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title on two occasions between 2001 and 2006. He’d recently entertained a return to the Octagon after retiring in late 2011.