Rossi Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Almost 7 months to the day since Valentino Rossi dislocated his shoulder in a motocross training accident, damaging vital ligaments connecting his humerus (arm bone) to his scapula (shoulder blade), the Italian has finally had surgery to correct the problem. Rossi today underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder at the Cervesi di Cattolica hospital near his Tavullia home to repair damage to the supraspinatus tendon (part of the rotator cuff group of muscles and tendons) and the glenoid ligament (the ligament that surrounds the shoulder socket and keeps the humerus or arm bone in place).

The procedure was carried out by Doctor Alex Castagna from the Milan Humanitas Institute and shoulder specialist Dr Giuseppe Porcellini, both experts in the field, and was performed partially under a full anaesthetic. After completion of the procedure, the surgeons stated that the surgery had been completed successfully, and that Rossi can start upon his recovery period. This will include a period of complete rest, followed by physiotherapy to reactivate the shoulder and get some movement back into it. The normal recovery period for such surgery is 90 days, but the doctors vowed to do whatever they could to help speed Rossi's rehabilitation. With the next test due to take place at Sepang at the beginning of February, some 75 days away, that should leave Rossi's shoulder enough time to be close to 100% when testing resumes. Given the surprisingly poor results from Rossi's first outing on the Ducati at Valencia - no doubt partly as a result of his shoulder injury - the Italian will be keen to make the best possible use of the testing he has available to him.

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A statement from the two surgeons (translated from Italian from Valentino's website):

"The conditions of the shoulder were really critical: Valentino was tenacious to run with a lesion of this type"

That sounds like the situation was very dire indeed. Confirmation that the reason of 'shoulder injury' was not at all a trivial excuse.

I really wonder how much value 'motocross training' has for a MotoGP rider, i.e. compared to the risk of injury and the easy availability of other safer, and most likely more effective, ways of training.

I suppose there is some value in being on a bike -- exercising those specific muscles.

Still, if I were Rossi I would forget about 'motocross', and concentrate on normal fitness, especially weight/resistance training for overall body strength.

And if I were Ducati I would've insisted on that by adding a clause in his contract.

As I recall Lorenzo injured himself that way as well. much value motocross training has for a MotoGP rider is surely answered by the fact that ALL of the riders partake in it?
Riding a motorcycle at up to and over 200mph is not the safest sport, so why should the training be safe?

I can remember that at least Simoncelli, Rossi and Randy having bad injurious while motocrossing during the past few years.

..but it is very nice exercise and a lot of fun!

that funny incident of needing stitches after
smashing through the coffee table while hanging the drapes?

Would love to see that set contractually ha ha

Good work David as usual, u've made it to my home page and ur now the first source of Moto info, much appreciated.

Hayden also injured his foot in a motocress accident. Riding fast is dangerous and motocrossing keeps riders rider fit which is different to other fitness and so helps with arm pump issues.

Even those fans who r not Rossi fans will admit when he is fit it makes for a good show, which i believe is what we all want.

Someone needs to tell MSMA that there needs to b a balance of technology along with rider appeal. The FANS, without them less sponsors, which means less or no racing and no funds to develop new technology.

So the circle widens, Fans+racing development +Sponsors = more fans+more racing+more sponsors. One depends on the other and without each other the rest will not exist.

Nic was asked something along the lines of "Motocrossing has been a headline lately whats the verdict from you is the risk worth it?"

His reply was "well the manufactures that sign my checks don't applaud my Motocrossing but, there is always gas in the bike".

He also said that the connection to a cross bike and a GP bike is different but there is a closer comparison to a Cross bike than an exercise bike or Mountain bike.

If you take two minutes to think about smooth throttle and fast corner speed is key in dirt and key in gp. plus the closer you get to laying it into a corner and a GP bike is closer.

I can't imagine the risk of a cross bike being more than say a WSBK ride on asphalt. Plus if you train closely to a road course it may distort your brake and tire perceptions.

(for baseball players, think tossing the ball in the air and hitting, doing it to much puts a hiccup in your swing and makes a pitched ball tougher to connect with)

All I know is that the above activities improved my road riding ability immensely.Especially gave me a confidence boost when getting into situations when things got horribly loose on track.
Having said that,I'm in favour of the riders staying away from that activity in the 'off season'. They already know the ropes. GP is a huge show and we don't need deprived grids encompassing walking wounded.
Hope they all kick off at 100%. Encouraging news about Dani too.
Valentino bounced back emphatically quickly from the Mugello debacle.
Expect the same this time round.

I'm amazed VR was able to perform so well with such an injury. It must have been difficult to muscle his bike around the track. Godspeed Val.

Maybe the teams should demand their riders to wear airbag suits when motorcrossing?

Most racers would much rather train on a dirt bike then do running or bicycle riding.
Lots more fun and it helps keep one sharp.

The problem here is that a torn muscle in the rotator cuff area of the shoulder is incredibly easy to do.

I did it doing light weights, and It's the No 1 injury for rock climbers..

My point is that this could happen no matter what form of training is used....sometimes it's more bad luck that bad management

On the up side, it's not a serious or long term injury, however it does take a long time to fully recover

When you hear the time-frames mentioned by the doctors, Rossi would have been better to have the surgery earlier and skip the final one or two races and testing in Valencia. But that is not Rossi. Instead he honored his Yamaha contract, they let him test for Ducati and then he had his surgery. As a new Rossi fan by virtue of him now riding for Ducati, I hope he heals well and gives Stoner, Lorenzo, Spies and Pedrosa a run for their money in 2011 while we all watch great racing ... and wait for the expanded grid in 2012!

I think the fans have to back off this guy and let him be human. The pressure he must feel now is unreal. First he has to come to terms with the Ducati in one day and next he has to heal faster than any other human alive or dead. Then he has to ride whatever Ducati can assemble is 60 odd days from scratch and win the championship the first year.

Give the guy a break.

Well, he (above all other riders) should be able to tank the pressure.. Hes the one with all the world titles and he did the same thing in 04 when he 1st joined Yamaha. I personally think he stepped off the best bike onto a "Mad scientist" machine i.e. capable of amazing things but unpredictable (worst analogy ever?! :o)).

At any rate, Ducati FULLY expect him to win the championship next year. They've axed their WSB team to focus on Gps. Their Gp bike already a race-winning machine and there paying the guy 12.5 million/year.

Hope his recovery goes well and is complete for the rest of winter testing.

... if Ducati really expect him to win the championship. They expect to be competitive and win races, but the top step I don't know. If he can it will more be a miraculous surprise - and I for one hope they can pull it off.

. . . the CHALLENGE! You have to take your hat off to him for accepting the new challenge AND THE PRESSURE of moving to the red team!! The EASY thing for him to do was stay w/Yamaha, a KNOWN, and work towards his 10th title. But he didn't . . . He also is fully aware of the consequences of NOT winning races/title and WINNING the title on the Duc! Everyone said he was nuts for leaving THE bike and moving to Yamaha . . . we know what happened to that one! The head of Yamaha racing, Fuki . . ., said that Rossi's ability to identify a bikes problems AND pinpoint WHICH problem had to be fixed first, was unbelievable. I don't doubt that he'll win on the Duc, but its going to be extremely difficult w/the opposition that he'll have face. Stoner is gonna be SCARY on that Honda!!!

Quite simply, when Rossi moved to Yamaha, he was fresh, young and clearly the best in the field.

With the move to Ducati, he is a bit older, recovering, and not currently the best in the field. Even at the start of the season before his injuries were a part, JLo seemed to be threatening to get the better of him. The biggest difference I think is that he does not currently have the psychological measure of his competitors at all.

I think this may play the important part. He is looking to do *it* again, but for a different reason. Last time, I think, it was righteous, to prove to Honda that the rider is still the most important factor and that their bike is not *that* good, he is. He was that good and so was in a position to do so. This time he has been usurped on a bike that was essentially his. I think he is moving in desperation to prove not just to Yamaha that he is the best and it was a mistake to place their faith in JLo, but also to prove this to himself.

That's my take on the whole thing. I don't think it really is about love of challenge - he's been quite comfortable being top dog at Yamaha for some time now.

I don't think he will have an easy season.

Yes in 04, he was 25 (ish) and in his prime, Biaggi and Gibernau were getting on a bit and Rossi had them psyched out.
Now Rossi is in his 30's and its Stoner, Lor and Ped (& Spies) that are in their prime years and aren't afraid of him, Stoner and Lorenzo particularly. They've beaten him head-on plenty of times and Lorenzos form last year on Rossis bike definitely shook him.

I really liked watching Lorenzo imitate Rossi with all the ridiculous celebrations and taunts. Not that I thought that was funny or clever, just that he is doing no one else has - get in Rossis head and mess with him.

Another difference this time is that, he left Honda because he had grown disillusioned with them and felt unappreciated. The same is partly true this time but there is also the fact that for the 1st time in his career, hes getting beat by his teammate, someone who Yamaha want to keep on board for the future.

I'm not a Rossi fan, but his "comeback" in 08 was truly incredible, he really dug deep that year. If hes to win the title next year, hes got an even tougher (mental) fight on his hands