NORMAN, Okla. On April 12 Oklahoma forward Amanda Thompson underwent a shoulder reconstruction on her right side. Rehab from the successful surgery is expected to last five months, after which time the sophomore-to-be will likely be cleared to resume all basketball related activities.
OU team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Don McGinnis performed the successful arthroscopic surgery, which involved a labral repair and capsular shift.
Thompson wore a shoulder harness to provide stability during the final portion of the 2006-07 season and the OU staff was hopeful her injuries would not require surgery. An MRI after the season revealed that Thompson had three areas of damage in her shoulder. She had a torn anterior labrum, torn posterior labrum and capsular laxity.
“I don’t think anyone had an idea of the type of pain Amanda was playing through until she had an MRI after the season,” said OU head coach Sherri Coale. “It says a great deal about Amanda, that she was able to consistently improve and earn a starting spot with that amount of damage in her shooting shoulder.
“I expect the same progress from her while she rehabs the next five months. Amanda has embraced the recovery process and the chance to focus on other areas of her game.”
For three weeks after the surgery, Thompson will have her arm immobilized in a sling. She will then begin a gradual progression into range of motion and easy strengthening exercises over the next 6-8 weeks. After that time period, she will work into theraband and free weight exercises as pain and range of motion allow. She is expected to be released for full activity around the second week of September.
Thompson originally injured the shoulder when she subluxed it in a game against Texas on Jan. 31. The shoulder partially slipped out of socket again in practice leading up to the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City.
Thompson will have a specialized training regimen, including weight training and cardio, during her time away from the court.
“I was very disappointed at first,” said Thompson. “I can’t remember the last time I was away from basketball for a month, let alone five months.
“I am going to use the time to improve my left hand and to strengthen my right wrist and lower body. Coach Coale kind of put in perspective for me when she joked that people are going to think I am left-handed when I return. There are plenty of areas of my game that I can work on during rehab and that’s what I intend to do.”
Thompson averaged 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while earning All-Big 12 Freshmen Team honors in 2006-07.