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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:35 am 
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Tinea Pedis wrote:
Incorrect.

Tom Lonergan, plays AFL for Geelong, lost a kidney at the start of his career. Hasn't hampered him.

Sorry, can't resist.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:58 am 
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Geraint Thomas has ridden his entire pro career without a spleen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraint_Thomas Ballan will recover and ride again.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:33 am 
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The way people are carrying on it's as if the guy was killed.

Accidents are terrible, no doubt. But plenty of guys have been banged up like this over the course of the year; no need for the obituaries :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:20 pm 
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Spot on . Its all a bit over the top.
KWalker, you sure they were antibiotics and can you get me some :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:55 pm 
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If he has a desire to come back it will happen. It's not impossible to play at an elite level without a kidney.
Sean Elliott came back from dual kidney failure and a transplant from his brother to play in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Well it is the broken Femur and Spleen removal that II think are the most likely career ending. Although many pros have returned after breaking a femur, it depends where it was broken and how significant the break actually is. He could recover from it, he could have trouble walking again - you never know with that kind of injury.

The Spleen removal is also going to be very difficult. His ability to fight off infections will drastically take a hit. When he trains hard his immune system is already weakened, and add the loss of a spleen to the equation and suddenly he could be sick too often to be competitive.


I hope he can return, he seems like a really great person and rider.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:49 pm 
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more than femur and spleen (Wegelius was a rider without it)
he'd fear Mantova...
wishing him good luck for the physical recovery

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:38 pm 
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aerozy wrote:
Terrible terrible news about Ballan! Wherever he's been his teammates always speak highly of him. Seems like a nice guy! Wish him a quick recovery!


Maybe he is but he's yet another rider with a cloudy past.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:23 am 
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Really sad to hear about Ballan, hope he does well. As a physician, I should clarify that he probably won't need DAILY antibiotics due to a splenectomy, just vaccinations against encapsulated organisms.

As others have mentioned, several pro athletes have recovered from spleen/kidney pathology.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:45 am 
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Yes it's so unfortunate to hear about Ballan, may he rest in peace...he was such a happy soul too, loved by many... :(

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:51 am 
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#troll?

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 Post subject: "PRO" Cycling Discussion
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Tinea Pedis wrote:
The way people are carrying on it's as if the guy was killed.

Accidents are terrible, no doubt. But plenty of guys have been banged up like this over the course of the year; no need for the obituaries :shock:


Troll?

Just reiterating what Tinea said previously... ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:11 pm 
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10/10. I thought it was pretty funny. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:02 am 
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Anyhoooooooo, how 'bout that Sven Nys? Have you ever seen the like?! Smartest rider by a long shot...


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:43 am 
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Geoff wrote:
Anyhoooooooo, how 'bout that Sven Nys? Have you ever seen the like?! Smartest rider by a long shot...


we don't talk about cross NEARLY enough in this thread :) fantastic finish


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