Skinner begins physical therapy

Mike Skinner, the newly announced driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, began an intensive therapy regimen this week. Skinner, who underwent surgery on his knee and ankle last Wednesday, is ...

Mike Skinner, the newly announced driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, began an intensive therapy regimen this week. Skinner, who underwent surgery on his knee and ankle last Wednesday, is anxious for a speedy recovery.

Mike Skinner, 2002 driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo talks about his physical therapy and the long road to recovery.

"I completed my first physical therapy session on Monday. The doctor says it is going to take four months to heal and I am beginning to realize why. We primarily worked with muscle stretches. The therapist explained to me the importance of keeping the muscles mobile during this critical time. "No weights were used in the therapy. Because of the surgery performed on my ankle, weight training will not be incorporated into the sessions for a few more weeks. I will attend the physical therapy session three times a week for about an hour each time. Then, I have exercises to complete at home. "Dr. Hankins, who performed the operation, has the reigns pulled pretty tight on me right now. He said the surgery was a success. We feel I will be ahead of schedule if the first few days are any indication. "My goal is to be 100% and back in a race car by the middle of January. I am still on crutches and will remain on them for about four weeks. I am able to drive, but I do get tired easily. "We would like to go to Abingdon sometime during the next few days. Angie and I are looking at buying a second home near the race shop. We want to be close to Morgan-McClure. I am ready to move forward with the team, whether it is providing knowledge or being there for emotional support. Anything possible to begin contributing to our new venture together. The bottom line is I miss being there and being able to put my two cents worth in. I want to get to know all of the guys at the shop better. "It is difficult being cooped up like this. It certainly is not a vacation. Angie, Opus and I are thinking about driving the motor coach to Talladega next week. It will take a few extra days, but if we can make a fun trip out of it, we will do it. Primarily, we would like to bring the coach so we can visit. Larry (McClure) will have his coach there and we can be close to him. We miss the trailer park and we want to go visit everyone. I miss the 21 and 31 crews too. It would be nice to get back to the track and hang out. "We will see how everything progresses. I have to be a good boy to get well quick. I cannot take any chances or push it too far right now. My main focus is being able to give everything I have to the No. 4 car next year."

-MMM-

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