It wasn’t long ago Rebecca Johnston thought she was watching her career slip between her fingers.
During the pre-season prior to 2015-16, Johnston repeatedly pulled her groin. Her hip was aching. The back spasms seemed endless. And when medical tests and CT scans revealed hypermobile ligaments, Johnston learned she would need eight injections as treatment, each separated by a two-to-three week recovery period. The rehabilitation would require months, and Johnston, 26 at the time, worried about what lied ahead. “It was stressful and devastating at the same time, because I didn’t know what the future entailed,” Johnston said. “Am I going to have to retire in a year? Am I going to be able to make it though a (Olympic team) centralization year, which is very physically demanding on my body? T...
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Jared Clinton is a writer and web editor with The Hockey News. He's been with the team since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, where he can be found missing the net on outdoor rinks all over town.