I Was Wr, Wr, Wr Wrong About Wes Welker and I am Glad!

When Wes Welker went down with ACL and MCL tears in his left knee on the first offensive play for the New England Patriots during the last regular season game of 2009 against the Houston Texans in Houston, I thought for sure his explosiveness was gone.

Wes had played with so much spring and explosion. His agility and ability to make sharp, jaw dropping cuts was amazing. I did not think he would be back at any level of effectiveness for the 2010 season. These type of injuries take 6-12 months to heal and Welker went under the knife on February 2nd 2010. That means he would “fully” recover anywhere between August and February. That does not mean return to a high level of play.

The prevalence of non-contact ACL tears has been on the rise for years and is upwards of 200,000 annually with 70% of these injuries being non-contact (which in my mind is preventable). Welker’s injury was non-contact.

Wes was in serious pain

Wes gets the cart treatment

This is what we want to see!

If you remember the classic show Happy Days and Arthur Fonzarelli.


The Fonz had a hard time saying that he was “wrong”. He would stutter..”wr, wr, wr” like a car trying to start on a cold winter day. And after watching Welker catch 8 balls for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns I was glad to be WRONG! He looked impressive being only 6 and 1/2 months out from surgery. I know that pro-athltes supposedly get the best care, I think otherwise with the lack of integrated assessments, manual therapy and corrective exercise, but some guys just heal better that others. Of course a great surgeon and an error free surgery helps the rehab process and final outcome for sure. I am looking forward to a great season for Welker and the Pats. I am a huge fan of both but a bigger fan of people who bust their butt to be the best they can.

Thanks for reading. Go Pats!

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist

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One Comment

  1. Brandon Bachman
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I am gla Wes is a quick healer to becuase I have had him on my fantasy for the past two years and always comes up huge for me!!! Thank you Wes 🙂

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