Jackson not about to rush himself back into action

03 October 2014 / 12:41

John Jackson insists he is prepared to take things slowly as he bids to make his comeback from yet another Achilles injury.

Jackson defied medical experts when he fought his way back from a ruptured Achilles tendon eight months away from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to take his place as pilot of the GB1 sled.

And the 37-year-old showed no signs of injury as he led Team GB to a fifth-place finish in the four-man competition.

However, Jackson admits he is yet to fully recover from last year’s surgery and despite missing out the start of the new World Cup season he is not about to rush himself back into action.

“The pain has never really gone away and it’s only when I’ve been getting up in the mornings in the last month or so that it’s died down,” Jackson told the Wiltshire Times.

“I had pins, cables and wires drilled in and it’s not necessarily the soft tissue that’s been causing the problem but more the area around the heel bone.

“The problem is that I’m a bit of a guinea pig. It’s not like an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury where they can look back at other cases and say ‘this is what it should be like at this stage’.

“I’ve been on crutches for the last week-and-a-half and one thing I’m not going to do is rush things – we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.”

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