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Bross to Have Knee Surgery, Out of Worlds
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Six-time world medalist Rebecca Bross (U.S.) will undergo knee surgery Thursday and will miss the rest of the 2011 season.

U.S. star Rebecca Bross, who injured her right knee Saturday, will undergo surgery Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

Bross, a six-time world medalist and 2010 U.S. champion, dislocated her right knee on vault at the U.S. national championships in St. Paul, Minn.

The 18-year-old Bross issued a statement via USA Gymnastics Wednesday confirming the surgery, which will "reset and stabilize her right kneecap."

"She is expected to return to gymnastics in two months and to be back to 100 percent in time for the start of the 2012 competitive season. Rebecca extends her thanks and appreciation for the notes and well wishes from fans, friends and family," read the statement.

Bross underwent surgery in November following a stress fracture in her lower right leg. Despite the injury, Bross won four medals at October's world championships in Rotterdam, including the all-around bronze.

External Link: Official Rebecca Bross Website

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HeatherW said:

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Maybe she will get some rest and come back stronger than ever. We would have a killer team just between her and Jordyn Weiber. Add in Sacramone, Johnson, Raisman---and we could have a killer team. I guess you just never know though. I hope she has a speedy recovery and gets some rest.
 
August 24, 2011
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janet matthews said:

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smilies/smiley.gif good luck on your recovery hope you come back stronger than ever!!! we will miss seeing you luv the sport !! my daughter is in it and really loves it !!!.
 
August 24, 2011
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MichelleW said:

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That's the least of her worries, WHY oh WHY does no one acknowledge the fact that she is extremely knock-kneed and fix it? Unless she wants to have chronic knee problems, it needs to be fixed now, before 2012.
 
August 24, 2011
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collleen said:

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Bross should not have vaulted that vault, maybe just done a full. She clearly was not going to win so maybe should of just protected her ankles and knee. I agree, she is very knocked-kneed and I think it sometimes makes it look like she is not straighting her legs all the way but i'm not sure how you would fix that at 17. Hope she just rests and comes back strong! I don't really see Shawn making this world team, maybe an alternate? But she is coming back strong and just needs more time. Maybe she be on the Pan-Am team. I think the world team will be Weiber, Maroney, Sacramone, Raisman, Memmel and Caquatto and have Douglas and Johnson be alternates
 
August 24, 2011
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Tvermom said:

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MichelleW - there's nothing to be done or "fixed" with knocked-knees. My daughter is, my husband's mom and brother are as well, even more so than Bross. I've had my daughter's legs looked at by a doctor starting at the age of 3 - they do not surgically fix this condition and would only recommend putting braces on a child's legs at a very young age and only if it was so severe that it would interfere with learning to walk. Yes, it may cause chronic knee problems, but I've never heard of anything anyone can do to fix it. By design, knees like this can be inherently weak and can hinder doing some sports, but not necessarily. That's just the way her legs are. Just like some people have narrower hips, wider shoulders, longer legs. Not much you can do about your bone structure.
 
August 24, 2011
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Janie Jameson said:

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Maybe this will help the surgeons
I surgically repaired Bross' legline issues with photoshop! Much better!

http://www.photovations.com/ims/pic.php?u=3866g5usd&i=47449
 
August 24, 2011
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Lindsay said:

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Her knock knees don't seem to affect her, so there would be no need to try to "repair them". It's just your bone structure that you are born with!

I wish her the best of luck with her recovery, she is awesome and a strong fighter, and all she has to do is stay patient and positive!
 
August 25, 2011
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HeatherW said:

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Anon: We don't have a whole lot to choose from to be honest. She has the name and respect of the international judges. That is the only reason I mentioned Johnson and I think she could be ready but really we need her more on bars than vault anyway. Weiber, Sacramone, and another vaulter would be enough. I think it is 3 up and 3 count right? Bars we could use Weiber, Johnson and I'd say Raisman or Caquatto maybe. Beam we would have Weiber, Sacramone and Johnson. Floor: Raisman, Weiber and Sacramone. That is a five person team. Not even with six. I don't Johnson doing the AA at all. Two events would be it. But hey, its a free world you are allowed to think how you want and so am I. ((Shrugs))not too worried about it. lol smilies/grin.gif
 
August 25, 2011
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georgert said:

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@michelleW & JanieJameson
Rebecca presents a mild form of genu valgum, that is the distal end of her tibias are slightly abducted relative to the femurs. This is something she was born with, and not something that any ethical orthopedist would ever consider trying to rectify surgically. I am sure no one is more aware of her "form" issue than Rebecca herself and her coaches, but you play the hand you're dealt. Get over it.
 
August 25, 2011
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Timothy Pinter said:

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I agree with Georgert
Bross can use some generic valium.
 
August 26, 2011
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lisagaw said:

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Yes, I am sure she is aware of her genu valgum and like everyone else said, there isn't any surgical intervention. However, she really should focus less on knee strengthening and more on glute/hip strengthening. Many people (especially young females) with genu valgum and chronic knee problems tend to present with poor hip/glute strength. This weakness allows for increased genu valgum. Don't get me wrong, strengthening the knee is important but often glutes/hips get forgotten when they are really the key players. If I was her physical therapist that is the first thing i would look for. I wish her the best of luck and a speedy recovery. I would love to see her kick some butt in London!
 
September 02, 2011
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