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IDA Injury Rehabilitation Experience – Thane Latzig

December 7, 2023

Thane Latzig is a midfielder who joined IDA UK from Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a very motivated and hard-working individual, so when he went down in the Royal Pre Season Cup tournament this year with an injury, he knew he immediately needed to jump into rehab and work towards his next goal: getting healthy.

Thane was diagnosed with a Rockwood Grade 3 ACJ Injury, a joint injury that requires a significant amount of rehabilitation. An example of Thane’s rehab protocol was the following:

 

Thane commented, “For me, being away from football didn’t feel great, especially while being surrounded by it. So I somewhat had to disassociate myself from the team, to speed up the recovery process, which I feel helped me mentally.”

IDA UK prioritizes giving their student-athletes support and resources during times such as injury to alleviate the stress they may endure. As for Thane, he worked constantly with Josh, IDA UK’s designated physio, to get the daily training he needed. Thane found comfort working with Josh and being in the gym day-in and day-out. Thane said, “The gym they provided is a very comfortable space that’s easy to get around and without it I don’t think my rehab would’ve been as effective.”

IDA understands the importance of giving their players all the tools required to be successful: both on-the-field and off-the-field. We understand injuries are an inevitable, yet difficult thing for some players to go through. Having designated staff on the team who know how to be efficient in helping our players navigate these times is an utmost priority.

Although Thane did not expect or ask to get injured, he is thankful for the help he received from IDA. “The Academy did a great job at keeping me in the UK & keeping me on track, as at one point I wanted to go home, but they reinforced to trust the process, which I’m delighted I did, as I am now back playing & really enjoying the opportunity to be observed by pro teams/players, training & games”, said Thane.

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