First it was Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley who needed hip surgery and now another coach in the Southeastern Conference has been struck with the hip injury epidemic that appears to be striking the SEC. Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt reporters this week that he will need to offseason hip replacement surgery.
The injury, which Richt says he suffered twenty years ago, has a rather entertaining back story.
Richt alleges that he initially hurt his hip while attempting to impress his wife on a swing set during a family picnic and he aggravated the injury while doing P90x.
Per the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:
“I was trying to show her what a good swinger I was,” he said. (For most people, that comment would have a completely different context.)
“I was swinging really high on a big heavy swing set with those big heavy chains. Sometimes if you go super high, on the way back you get a little bit of that lag. You’ve got those big S-hooks on top, and you’re swinging, and I swung enough to where the one on the left came out. So it comes out, but I didn’t know. I’m still on the swing. So when I come back down, the chain on [on the right] stayed taut and the other one just goes. I turned sideways and the first thing that hits the ground is my left hip. Just smashed it.
“It was traumatic. I mean, when I hit I was like, ‘I think I broke it.’ I couldn’t hardly breathe. Sometimes with an injury like that you get a full-body sweat and a little nauseous. But the pain kind of went away and I went about my business, until about a year and a half ago.”
When asked if the pain just suddenly came back, Richt paused before answering. (More humiliation coming.)
“P90x,” he finally said, referencing the DVD set of workouts. “I thought I just had a hip-flexor injury. But I said if I quit now I’m just going to get fat. So I just kept doing it.”
While it is never good to see a man dealing with injury, the way that Richt talked about his injury shows you that he is in good spirits and handling everything well.
Let’s hope Richt can keep his spirits up and we wish him a full and speedy recovery following his offseason surgery.