Schild optimistic about recovery

31 January 2013 11:09
Marlies Schild
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Marlies Schild's recovery from injury is progressing faster than anticipated. The defending world champion crashed in training on 20th December in Are (SWE) and tore the collateral ligament in her right knee. After intensive weeks of therapy and rehab Schild has now returned onto the snow.

"The recovery has progressed much faster than expected, greatly thanks to the perfect treatment and circumstances. However it is not possible to use maximum loads yet. Further rehab progess will show when Marlies can put the full stress on the knee again,“ said the responsible doctor Dr. Gernot Sperner about Schild's recovery process.

"The free skiing worked well, my knee played with it," described Schild her first skiing sessions.

In the coming days Schild will conduct a special ski technical program for rebuilding purposes. After that it will be possible to determine whether and when proper ski training and racing are possible again. Whether Marlies will be in a position to defend her world champion title will be decided only just before the ladies' slalom in Schladming (AUT) on 16th February. She will continue her training program in close coopreation with the Austria Ski Team medical team and in peace so as not to grow pressure. Further information will be available depending on her progress.