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Thuri Helgadottir, CrossFit Games Veteran, Reveals Shoulder Injury

Thuri Helgadottir was diagnosed with a SLAP 2 lesion on her shoulder

Thuri Helgadottir has revealed that she has been diagnosed with a superior labral tear anterior to posterior (SLAP) 2 lesion on her shoulder after receiving the results of an MRI performed last week. 

Helgadottir shared on her Instagram that the genesis of the injury occurred in August when she hit the water after bouncing off a giant inflatable balloon. If you’re so inclined, you can actually watch the injury happen here:

Following the fall, Helgadottir felt a crack in her shoulder during one of her first workouts after the CrossFit Games. Uncertain if she had sustained an injury or not, she refrained from doing any pull-ups in the hope of feeling healthy to compete the following week at the Austrian Throwdown.

She realized something was indeed wrong with her shoulder after performing a combination of pull-ups, muscle-ups, chin-to-bars, and handstand push-ups during the 5th workout on the 3rd and final day of that competition.

Helgadottir further explains how she is currently handling the injury in her Instagram post, where she writes,

I am giving a cortisone injection a try with a lot of stability exercises and some rest a chance before surgery.

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Somehow I have finished my 1️⃣0️⃣th #crossfit games OPEN 💥 (Here comes a personal best for longest post) I got the results from the MRI on my shoulder last week. Unfortunately I have a SLAP lesion 2. It was an acute injury when I was entering the water after being shot in the air off the blob in August. I really thaught it was nothing because I didn’t feel any pain in the afternoon or the following night. The day after (in one of my first workouts after the games) I had to change butterfly pull-ups into kipping chin ups and pull ups because I felt a really weird crack in my shoulder warming up the butterflies. I thought to myself that worst case scenario I had “pulled a muscle”. I didn’t do any pull ups that week knowing that it would hurt, and hoping I would be ready to compete the next weekend. A week later I was competing at the Austrian Throwdown, not aware that my shoulder was injured until in the warm up before the 5th workout on the third and last day which consisted of a lot of pull ups, C2B and bar MU with some hspu’s. I didn’t feel the cracking but a little pain in the back of my shoulder. I finished the workout without pain (adrenaline?!) and the last two workouts where the last one had muscle ups, still not in pain but just a weird feeling of kinda not being in place. I woke up the next day with some pain in my shoulder, and then I couldn’t even hang on the pull up bar two days later. Still I am not able to do butterfly pull ups, bar muscle ups or a heavy snatch. It’s easy to go down a whole of negative thinking and thoughts of “I should have” or “I shouldn’t have”! I decided to give me one day of crying and thoughts of regrets. Now I am going to see the positive sites and make the best out of my situation. I am so lucky to be able to look up to some of my fellow crossfit competitors that have proofed that you can come back from an injury even stronger. 🔥🔥🔥 I am giving a cortisone injection a try with a lot of stability exercises and some rest a chance before surgery. I am so thankful for all the amazing people around me here in Switzerland and my rocks back home in Iceland. You know who you are ❤️❤️❤️ #10thopeninthebooks #thankful

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Thuri Helgadottir has competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games five times since 2012. She most recently placed 9th in 2019, and she finished 19th and 18th in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She has also finished in the top 4 of the CrossFit Games Iceland Open for the past five years, highlighted by a 2nd place finish in 2017.

Despite the shoulder injury, Helgadottir believes she can make a full recovery and return for the 2020 CrossFit Games saying, “I am so lucky to be able to look up to some of my fellow CrossFit competitors that have [proved] that you can come back from an injury even stronger.”

Feature image from Thuri Helgadottir Instagram

SLAP 2 Lesion FAQs

What is a SLAP 2 lesion?

  • A SLAP tear is a common injury to the superior part of the labrum in the shoulder that attaches directly to the long head of the biceps tendon.
  • There are four types of superior labrum lesions.
  • Type 2 SLAP lesions occur when there is a detachment of the superior labrum and the origin of the tendon of the long head of the biceps glenoid.

How long does recovery take after a SLAP 2 lesion surgery?

  • Recovery time from a SLAP 2 lesion varies, but usually takes approximately five to six months, presuming proper rehabilitation is completed.