Ryan Lochte Says he Swam Too Soon After Injury

According to the Daytona Beach News-JournalRyan Lochte’s delayed flights that cost him the first two days of the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago might have been a sign from a higher power.

“I got back in the water faster that what was expected,” said Lochte to the DBNJ. “The doctors still say that I should be more careful, and I said, ‘Ahh, I don’t want to listen to them, I want to get back in the water.’ It started feeling fine. Then when I raced in Orlando, I don’t know, something happened, something was wrong in my knee and it hurt, so I knew I pushed it too hard.”

He went on to tell his hometown paper that he felt pain in his knee after racing, so he knew something wasn’t quite right.

Lochte’s timetable for his return to racing was surprisingly moved up from late summer to February, and Lochte at now 29 years old might have overestimated his own ability to recover from that knee injury as quickly as he did from the last time he hurt his knee in 2010.

Lochte first hurt his knee on November 2nd in a freak fan run-in, where his publicist says a teenage girl jumped on him, and he wound up hitting his knee on a curb.

That injury happened on November 2nd. According to the University of California – San Francisco, “A grade 3 (MCL) tear usually takes from four to eight weeks to heal, unless it is associated with damage to the ACL, in which case the recovery time may be longer.”

After Lochte’s MCL tear and ACL sprain on November 2nd, he was back in the water just four weeks later – which is a shorter break than the doctor’s recommended timetable even in the case of a lower grade tear.

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I don’t understand why athletes these days seem to be so concerned about coming back as early as possible. Take a little longer and let your body heal. Doctors typically know what they’re talking about and they give a timetable based on how long it should take.


It’s definitely psychological isn’t it. The problem for Lochte now is if he’s not training well and doing the best for his injuries that he won’t have the base to be competitive in 2016. He may be fine this summer and maybe even next summer, but if he doesn’t do everything right for his body in his thirties, Hagino will get the last laugh


This is so typical of Lochte .. LOL


You have obviously never had a major injury. I tore my acl and I wanted to swim so bad. Regardless it’s so painful to not be able to get in the water.

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