Tom Wilson of Capitals discusses the mental aspect of his recovery from a torn ACL injury in the latest season

Washington Capitals right-winger Tom Wilson spoke Thursday to the media on the first day of training camp. He discussed the mental aspect of his recovery, the injury itself, and how he is supporting the team despite not being on the ice.

Wilson underwent surgery for a ruptured ACL on May 25, and said the recovery was “good,” adding, “It’s been very smooth…definitely something different than I had, obviously, that I had to go through, so just Take it day by day, but things are going well.”

Wilson felt he was way ahead of the schedule from the start but there was still time to fully recover. Skating has yet to resume and there is no official date for his return (likely early December), but Wilson feels everything is heading in the right direction.

“The only silver lining is that you relax your body, you can recover, and you can take the time to get some mental rest,” Wilson said of the mental aspect of his recovery. He was trying to focus on that over the summer. “When you come back to the rink and stuff, it gets more difficult when you see the guys skating and playing and stuff, so you try to be a good teammate, be there, hang out with the guys, keep improving and take it day by day.”

“The organization, the surgeons, everyone was great. It was good [of an] Experiment as much as you can so far and [the] The hats enjoyed my back a lot and everyone was really cooperative, so that’s all you can ask for as an athlete.”

Wilson also explained more about the injury he picked up early in the following season: “My injury was weird and just like I was on your feet and even in that first game when I got injured I was doing tests I wasn’t supposed to be able to do with a cruciate ligament injury. Anterior I was jumping and doing a whole bunch of different things and they were like, ‘You’re fine, you’re fine’ and then it was just skating… Subconsciously when I moved in one direction on the snow as I couldn’t use other muscles and it wasn’t stabilizing in my knee exists, so it was a bit frustrating.”

He stated that the team was coming up with all possible solutions to get him back on ice. “We weren’t putting up a smokescreen… There were some big tests on the ice where I didn’t – it didn’t happen and we shut it down.”

And on not rushing to recover for a comeback, Wilson said it’s “easier said than done” and “it’s a competitive world.” “You want to be there. You want to help your team win and at the end of the day it’s going to be tough because I’m back in time crunch… It shows the longer you wait the better, so it’s going to be mentally tough right now. I’m just trying to take It’s day in and day out and I’m not talking about a schedule or anything because we’re still far enough away, but I’m excited to start the season. I’m excited to be with the guys. There’s nothing like going back to training camp and feeling that feeling again and I’m going to push myself as hard as I can to be Ready when I need it and we’ll discuss that when it approaches.”

As mentioned, Wilson hasn’t started skating yet. The right winger has admitted it is “likely” to skate, but feels it is not useful to him in his current situation. “When I’m on the ice, that will be the day when it’s most beneficial for me to be on the ice, and the team has been great. Everyone was on the same page…But at the moment I’m just doing things off the ice and rehab.”

“I think you learn the most from your career when you’re not in the lineup, when you’re not competing every day with your guys, you learn how to deal with it mentally…, trying to be a good teammate, filling water bottles, giving guys advice when they want to. That, and support them in the ski test.”

Another key player the Capitals will be missing to start the season is center Niklas Backstrom (hip, undergone resurfacing on June 18, recovery timeline unknown). “He’s had two tough years with injuries and he’s the last The man who ever complains and the last Man in the world to say “I don’t feel good,”

“He’s just a calm captain who keeps pushing himself… He’s just excited, he’s our captain, and I think he’s feeling good. I think you see the energy coming back a little bit and he’s excited and it’s an injury that’s not easy by any means… Coming in the morning with him and working out, it’s Just a guy who is happy to be around, pushes you to be better, he’s a huge part of the team, so we’re lucky to have him and I hope with everything in me that he can fully recover and have such an amazing career, so I hope he can keep going.”

Written by Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who received her BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sale University in 2021. She is currently pursuing her MA in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big fans of DC and became the inspiration to start writing hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung

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