Thompson Cleared for Full Participation
Sophomore forward at 'full go' after five months of rehab
Sept. 10, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- After five months of rehabilitation, University of Oklahoma forward Amanda Thompson was cleared for full athletic participation Monday afternoon by the team's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Don McGinnis.
Thompson underwent surgical reconstruction of her right shoulder April 12 to repair a torn anterior labrum, torn posterior labrum and capsular laxity revealed in an MRI after the conclusion of the 2006-07 season.
"I'm excited to be able to get back to work at 100 percent," Thompson said. "I've never had an injury keep me away from the court before, let alone for five months.
"The shoulder feels great and I am ready to play. I just want to thank my teammates and everyone involved for keeping me motivated and on track with my rehab."
Despite playing with intense pain in her shooting shoulder last season, Thompson donned a shoulder harness and earned a starting spot for 10 of the Sooners' final 11 games.
For three weeks after the surgery, Thompson was immobilized in a sling. She then began a gradual progression into range of motion and strengthening exercises over the next eight weeks. After that stage, Thompson worked with elastic band and free-weight exercises as her pain and range of motion allowed.
"Amanda was relentless in rehabilitation every day throughout the summer," Carolynn Loon, OU head women's basketball athletics trainer, said. "She overcame pain, limited range of motion, and weakness and is now in better shape and has a prettier shot than she had before the surgery. The hardest part was keeping her out of the gym; her desire to play is colossal."
Thompson originally injured the shoulder in a game against Texas on Jan. 31, 2007. The shoulder partially slipped out of socket again in practice leading up to the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City.
Thompson averaged 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while earning Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman.
The OU women's basketball team begins its official practices Thursday, Oct. 12.