Recover from serious injury - advice/training plan?

My 2021 season has come to an abrupt halt after I crashed at a UCI Granfondo World Series event mid-September sustaining a broken femur and collarbone. Surgery (including a second surgery due to a nosocomial infection) is now behind me and I am starting to walk again (with crutches).

Doctors and kinesiotherapists advise me to just go back slowly to my previous activities. I used to cycle around 1,000 km per month - outdoors whenever possible, including taking SUF sessions to the road, and on the trainer during the colder season (I live in northwestern Europe) - and do SUF yoga and strength sessions.

Any advice would be welcome regarding the use of SUF/SYSTM resources during my recovery/rehabilitation process. Many thanks in advance.

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Hi @Traugia sorry to hear about the injury sounds pretty bad, I think the strength and yoga sessions might be the best course of action for the first few months anyway, would you be a swimmer at all because I’m sure a lot of physios might suggest you do swimming or to help get your strength back in your arms and legs. You do see a lot of people rehabbing injuries in the pool to recover faster or to help the injuries heal quicker but again I’d advise you go along the lines of what the specialists say.

Thx Shane, good point, although I’m not a water guy. I have a rowing machine though and might use it for the purpose of rebuilding some muscle (or stop muscle loss). Also, as soon as I’m able to get myself on the saddle, I am thinking about some easy spinning just to get the feel back.

I’ll come back with updates in due time and hope the experience will be useful for others.

Sorry to hear about your injury, hope you heal up soon. Taking advice from medical professionals is first port of call, once they say everything’s healed enough to progress, then is the time it’s safe to do so.
Swimming is a good low impact solution for maintaining or regaining strength. S&C and yoga too one you can do some more weight bearing work on the affected areas. You want to be careful not to build up the uninjured side too much and cause a big asymmetry.
Also understanding that it will be frustrating, but once you’re healed and able to train again, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get back to your former self and improve from there.

All the best