Phil Hesketh is recovering from surgery this morning to repair a ruptured pec major. Hesketh did not, however, injure himself while doing ring dips or bench press. Instead, the injury occurred on the rugby field.
Hesketh played rugby a few weeks ago and collided with another player when things took a turn for the worse.
The pec injury is not Hesketh’s first. Hesketh tore his pec at the 2017 Regionals (along with everyone else).
In an Instagram post, Hesketh told his fans that this will not end his CrossFit career and that he will be back to compete in the new Games format. Hesketh also thanked his wife, Regional athlete Mia Akerlund, for her support while he begins his recovery.
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This will definitely be my biggest challenge so far. Yesterday I had surgery on a ruptured pec major that I sustained playing rugby a couple of weeks ago. Surgery went well and I’m feeling good today 👨⚕️ . Wifey @miaakerlund earned a lot of points yesterday and I’m sure there will be plenty more to earn over the next few weeks, I’m not the easiest person to be around when I’m injured, but I’m going to try my best ❤️ . I don’t regret playing rugby, I’ve been itching to play again for the last couple of years and decided to give it a shot this year. Injuries happen and I guess I was unlucky with how serious mine was from a pretty routine collision 🏉 . BUT I am not done yet! The new season has some exciting opportunities to compete and travel and there are a few comps on my list that I want to tick off in the next year ✅ . Long road to recovery starts today 🏋🏼♂️
Hesketh competed at the 2015 CrossFit Games where he finished 29th. Hesketh took 5th at this past year’s Meridian Regional.