Brian Baker: Workload increasing, confidence building: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...diary/2128855/
Rehab really hasn't changed much the last few weeks except for a few more agility and jumping exercises. My strength in my right quad is improving dramatically and is getting real close to the strength of my left one.
My range of motion in the knee is still a work in progress, but I am hopeful that in a few weeks it will be back to normal. Overall, I'm feeling great about the progress I've made so far and will keep putting the hours in to ensure that my entire body will be ready to face the rigorous tour schedule.
I still have not decided when I will compete in my first tournament, but I hope to have a better idea in a few weeks.
I'm happy to report that I have drastically increased my workload on the tennis court this past week. I am moving all over the court and have even started playing a few baseline games against a few of the top players at Vanderbilt University.
I still feel a little tentative with my knee when I am stretched out to the corners of the court, but I do not experience any pain. Sometimes the hardest part about rehabbing an injury is gaining the confidence back to really push the injured joint. I think I am very close to finding the confidence, which is a good sign moving forward.
I think the only negative to playing more tennis this past week has been the blood blisters that have formed on the balls of my feet. I normally have a thick layer of calluses on my feet that protects me from getting blisters, but after the lengthy layoff, they are as smooth as can be. Just another issue athletes have to overcome when returning to full strength!
In other news, I celebrated my 28th birthday on April 30. I had a great day with family and friends and my mom cooked an absolutely awesome dinner. In addition, the staff at MPower Fitness, my rehab place, surprised me with a cake from Nothing Bundt Cake (if you have not tried one you are missing out!). I think I may need to fast for a week!
These next few weeks will be important weeks because I am hoping to start practicing at full strength. My patience is about to wear off so it is time to start pushing forward!
Brian signs a new 3 year deal with ADNA.
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