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Rehabbing Rogers Puts Best Foot Forward
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Recovering from an injured ankle, 2009 world finalist Brittany Rogers of Canada told IG she is eager to return to form despite having to miss this fall's world championships.


Brittany Rogers at the 2009 Worlds in London

Rogers, who placed 19th all-around and seventh on vault at the 2009 World Championships in London, injured her right ankle at the Pacific Rim Championships held in Melbourne this spring. Landing short on a dismount from balance beam after one foot missed the beam on the push-off, she fractured the tip of her medial malleolus bone.

"My main focus is my foot," said the 17-year-old Rogers. "The most important thing to me is healing my foot before I start full training. This summer, I've officially started using grips. Another focus of mine is to get nice and strong to prepare for full training again. With this focus, I'm seeing a few personal trainers three times a week at Innovative Fitness, a local fitness center."

Rogers said the healing process has been gradual and sometimes frustrating.

"I was put in a fiberglass cast for one month, and then transferred into a walking air cast which I'm still in," she said. "Unfortunately it's not healing as well as we would all like. It's still fractured due to the way the bone is broken off. The bone is too small to pin surgically, and would be a difficult reconstructive surgery."

Instead of surgery, Rogers said she has been using an ultrasound machine at home for the past month, to promote bone healing.

Rogers said she will not be ready in time for the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam in October, but her goal is to next compete at the Elite Canada meet in December.

Although she could not compete at the Canadian Championships in Kamloops, B.C., in May, Rogers attended the meet. She said she was impressed by the performances of her teammates as they head into major international competitions this summer and fall.

"I can't single out any of the gymnasts because they're all doing so well," Rogers told IG. "I'm very proud of all the girls and am so excited for the teams at worlds, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games. I believe Canada is on the right track for qualifying to the 2012 Olympic Games."

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