Collin Harrington’s Road to Recovery

Electric Pulp

Explain in more detail how you got hurt. Anything you could have done differently to have prevented it, or just random? What exactly was torn/damaged?

Basically I tore my ACL ligament in my left knee. It wasn’t even that cool of a crash or anything. At least if it’s gonna blow, you may as well do it on something cool. All I did was a switch heelside 540. I saw some boat rollers coming down the lake so I actually got excited. I figured I would use it as a mini double up and do a switch 7. Instead I stopped myself at 5.
I landed just past the wake in the hard spot. As I landed I simply squatted down and fell back slowly. As I landed I just felt my knee roll outward just a tiny bit and “POP, POP”. I have torn my knee before so instantly I knew what I did.
The guys filming in the chase boat came to me and I told them I just tore my knee. They didn’t believe me ’cause it looked like a normal crash. I guess the only way I could have prevented it is that I could have used my CTI knee brace. I hadn’t worn a brace on that leg in over a year though.

Was this a re-injury or was this a good knee? How is it different from your other knee injuries?

I did this knee back in 2005 and re-injured it 6 months after surgery in 2006 because I was filming for the Liquid Force team movie The Truth and was pushing it too hard when I should not have been. It was better this time because I didn’t tear any maniscus this time like I did the others.

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