Dan Hammond, Team USA
- Posted on: Mar 1 2017
I’ve had numerous sports injuries, and ten different surgeries, from ankles, Achilles tendon, elbow and knees to shoulders over the years due to various orthopedic injuries from years of Rugby and competing as an endurance athlete. As an older athlete, at age 55, it is important to me to stay competitive. In 2014, Dr. Elrod performed shoulder surgery for my torn labrum and following rehab, I won my age division at the River Bluff Triathlon. Based on my times, I decided to train for the US National Duathlon Champions in 2015. Unfortunately, I suffered a serious impact injury with micro-fractures to my pelvis nine weeks before the event…this should have ended my attempt to make Team USA as I was on crutches and unable to walk. Through diagnosis and consultation with Elite’s Dr. Jim Johnson, however, and a rigorous rehabilitation with the amazing physical therapy staff especially Jennifer Thomas, I was able to recover fully and race, setting a personal record and qualifying for the national team. Because of Elite’s outstanding treatment, I have been afforded the opportunity to race for the US in the World Championships in Aviles, Spain, 2016. I have never experienced a setback or re-injury of any kind following an Elite surgery. You will not get better sports medicine care anywhere, and there is no better orthopaedic group, anywhere…I am proof of that.