IRL: Kenny Brack rehab update 2004-02-17

Kenny Brack busy with rehab and changing diapers in his 2004 comeback; Team Rahal driver back on his feet, working out 5 hours a day. COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 17, 2004) - Team Rahal's Kenny Brack gave a giant sigh of relief last week when he throw...

Kenny Brack busy with rehab and changing diapers in his 2004 comeback; Team Rahal driver back on his feet, working out 5 hours a day.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 17, 2004) - Team Rahal's Kenny Brack gave a giant sigh of relief last week when he throw away the crutches and rolled the wheelchair into the closet.

Brack, seriously injured last October at Texas Motor Speedway in the IRL IndyCar Series finale, continues to his rehabilitation near his home in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Brack suffered fractures to his back, breastbone, ribs, right leg and both ankles and later had his gall bladder removed due to the horrific crash. But the popular Swede, who hopes to return to the wheel of the No. 15 Pioneer/Argent Mortgage Honda G-Force later this year, has turned into a "workaholic" at Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence in his five-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week rehab sessions.

"It felt so great to walk again and without the crutches," said Brack, the 1998 IRL champion and 1999 Indy 500 winner. "It was great to see my daughter Karma grow this last month and even changing diapers hasn't been that bad. I'm just glad I'm able to do it right now."

Brack knows he is lucky to workout and lucky to see his daughter after the 193-G Load crash that ended the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series.

"It feels a little strange not to be able to be in the middle of the action and instead follow everything from home," said Brack. "But I have made very good strides in rehab the last couple of weeks and feel more and more energized for each week that goes by. It is weekly that the improvements come. Mondays I feel the best and then by Friday I feel really tired after having worked out to the maximum everyday. Then I get a couple of days rest over the weekend and then we start over again."

Brack's goals are little ones for now but he does believe he can get back to normal.

"I am still not sure when I will be back to "normal" but I can tell you that I am very determined to make an as fast recovery as possible and am working as hard as I can," he said. "In one month, I have gone from being "wheelchair bound" to walking on my own without any aids. My level of energy has also greatly improved, I can manage everything I need on my own now and be up all day."

Kenny knows he must continue to improve his physical strength by working hard.

"Last week we started to workout with heavier weights as my bones, or more precisely, the right ankle now can take it," Brack said. "My right ankle was the worst as we have stretched and pulled it in an effort to get the mobility and full movement back after four months of nearly no activity. But like the saying goes 'no pain no gain.' It was a great feeling walking again."

(Brack will be featured on SPEED CHANNEL's "Wind Tunnel" on Wed., Feb. 18, at 10 p.m., EST.)

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