Robert Wickens shared a video of him walking at ‘snails pace’ with a support of a cane, for the first time since the horrific incident.
While under-going rehab at PitFit Training center, Wickens shared a video of him walking with support of a cane, for the first time on his own, since the horrific incident at Pocono during August 2018. He took few steps which was a big achievement for the Canadian.
The IndyCar racer tried walking earlier as well, back in November 2018, with the help of a machine, but this is the first time that he could actually walk with just the cane. Wickens also revealed that he tried to walk the same way two months ago but couldn’t until now.
In the one year and four months, Wickens has made significant progress, where he also returned to the track to drive a pace car during the Toronto IndyCar weekend, where the car was prepped as per his needs with majority of hand controls.
While he has made good progress, Wickens will still need more time, considering how much effort he needed to even walk with the cane. At PitFit Training, the Canadian is working towards getting his leg muscles perfect to walk freely.
Christmas Eve session with @pitfittraining. We’ve been working towards walking with a cane for a while now. I tried a couple months ago, and I couldn’t even take 2 steps. Today I was walking around at a snails pace! It’s days like today that make me want to work even harder. 👴🏼 pic.twitter.com/GvG0GGOFC8
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) December 25, 2019
Prior to the post on Tuesday, Wickens has been regular to share the progress:
Happy to be back at @definingsports this morning after spending last week in the hospital. It’s amazing what 4 days in bed does to your muscle tightness and atrophy. The good news is the human body is a crazy thing and I’ll be back to my full potential and more in no time!! pic.twitter.com/5jGrUEXaz7
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) August 26, 2019
Breaking in the new and improved @pitfittraining facility today! The new flooring looks great, but it doesn’t let me drag my feet! Which is a good thing I guess! #spinalcordinjury #sci #prowlerpush pic.twitter.com/UNa6G7zZbO
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) August 28, 2019
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) September 17, 2019
Can you moonwalk to Candy Shop?! Working on my glutes strength today. Walking backward is a great way to engage more glutes which one of the main muscle areas I am lacking. The team @pitfittraining are always thinking up new things for me to try! #spinalcordinjury #sci #moonwalk pic.twitter.com/GTSJLbgZ0t
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) October 30, 2019
While Wickens gets up to speed, F2 racer Juan Manuel Correa is also facing similar path towards getting fully fit, to be able to race again. The Ecuador-American racer has had a rough few months as well and is at home, recovering from his injuries.
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