Injuries: season over for Jim Härtull and Fabian Steindl
No good news for Nordic Combined athletes Jim Härtull (FIN) and Austrian Fabian Steindl. They both sustained injuries that will keep them from competing for the rest of the winter 2015/16.
For Finland’s Jim Härtull the problem is a damage to his knee. Härtull was set to compete in the Continental Cup events in Planica but as symptoms prevailed, the knee was evaluated with X-rays and XX. The diagnose were loose pieces of bone and tendon injuries that required surgical treatment which was carried out last Wednesday.
As the recovery process will take a while, Härtull now has to focus on strengthening the muscles around the knee with a lot of swimming and light weight training with rubber bands and the rowing machine. Härtull, who captured a fourth place in the Team Sprint competition of the Falun 2015 World Championships together with teammate Ilkka Herola, is not taking the bad news lying down: „The symptoms started already last summer with the competitions in Lieksa and have been better and worse since then but now the pain got very bad. It might be a good thing to take the time to repair the damage and start the next season with a clean slate.“
Bad luck also for Austrian Fabian Steindl who has to end the season after a training accident in Ramsau. On the past Thursday, Steindl fell after landing and hit is right elbow and shoulder going down. An examination at the Sanatorium Hochrum ended with the diagnosis of a torn joint lip in the shoulder. With a recovery time of about 6 weeks, Steindl will miss the rest of the season but no surgery is necessary.