Steven van Broeckhoven B-72 already had his surgery and now is fully focussed on his rehab.
Here is his report about the injury:
It happened in Egypt during a training session outside the reef with similar conditions like Lanzarote with wind swell. In the first week the training was perfect. I was super motivated to sail and push my level and I also felt a lot of energy during my session. In the second week I crashed my ‘airkabi’ on my weak side and I hurt my foot – which happens quite often in freestyle. So, I wanted to continue sailing but I felt that something was not right. Back on the beach I knew this ‘problem’ would not be fixed in a week. Then I went to hospital in Dahab where they made an x-ray: I had a fracture in the 5th metatarsal.
I directly talked to my osteopath who said that it is a Jones fracture which needed to be fixed with a screw.
This was bad news: It means I will miss my most favorite event in Fuerteventura and therefore most likely lose the 1st place in world ranking. It’s really hard to understand because I was ready for it and trained hard to be fit. But such things can happen – they are part of professional sports and will not affect my level and motivation. I know I’m in good hands and will be 100% fit in short time.
So, after a few days in Egypt I flew back home and got the surgery done on same day. The surgery went smoothly and I was under anesthesia for only half hour. They put a 6 cm screw through the center of the bone which will stay. Now, I’m in plaster for 2 weeks and then 4 weeks walking boot.