This is one of those things that's in the back of the mind of every gymnast, every coach, and every spectator of gymnastics: we hope nothing goes wrong.
Even the simplest of routines can be dangerous!
Jacoby Miles, unfortunately, was not one of the lucky ones. She's a 15 year old competitive gymnast from Washington. She had done the routine she was about to practice a thousand times before. She 'got lost' during her second flip, and as she was disoriented, she landed on her neck.
At the hospital, immediately after, a CAT scan showed her C4 vertebrae had been dislocated, though not severed. That leaves the door open for recovery, but doctors have told the family that the chances of using her legs again would be in the "miracle category."
Ugh. We hate this.
Here's what her father says:
"I think this is one of the worst nightmares for a parent. It's definitely up and down emotionally and you have moments of grieving, but rely on the hope and the support we've been shown."
Here's a shocking statistic about gymnastics from the source:
Of the three million children between the ages of 6 and 17 who do gymnastics, more than 25,000 of them are treated for gymnastics-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms each year, according to a report by the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus, Ohio. That's on par with the injury rates from hard-hitting contact sports like lacrosse and hockey.
Luckily, though, the kind of injury Jacoby sustained is very, very rare.
One expert said this:
"Millions of gymnasts work out all over the country every day and after this happened I had to scour gyms all across the country to find three other similar incidences. I think the chances of winning the lottery are actually more likely, that's how rare this is."
While that's nice and all, it doesn't really help Jacoby.
All we can really do is send her our thoughts and positive vibes — and home for that miracle scenario.
Crazier things have happened.
[Image via AP Images.]