Marc Márquez reaches the end of the recovery after his accident

In just two years, Marc Márquez underwent surgery 4 times on his right arm. A serious accident in 2020 left serious consequences for the pilot.

Last update: September 14, 2022

The Spanish Moto GP rider, Marc Márquez, is recovering from a fractured humerus which he suffered in 2020 and which he suffered in May 2022. The injury has already required four operations on his right arm. As he hits the gym to build up his strength, he’s encouraged to hop on his bike and spin around the track.

The tremendous crash that started the ordeal at the 2020 Spanish GP seemed to have been left behind. However, a serious accident at the Mugello circuit forced the 6-time MotoGP world champion to undergo surgery again.

What is the humerus and what function does it serve?

The humerus is the bone that connects the shoulder joint to the elbow joint. In the upper extremities, there is no other bone longer than this.

25 upper body muscles attach to the humerus, among which the deltoid, supraspinatus, pectoralis major, biceps and triceps stand out, among others. Likewise, it forms the humeral-radial joint, which allows the movements of flexion, extension, pronation and supination; and the humero-ulnar joint, which is used for flexion and extension of the arm.

Moto GP is a discipline that demands a lot of body strength from the riders.

Marc Marquez’s operation

The first surgical intervention on Marc Márquez’s arm had the objective of inserting a titanium plate. This element is used to “clamp” the broken bone and hold it in place while it heals.

However, the plate presented problems and the Spaniard had to go through the operating room again. Specifically, the plate gave way due to an accumulation of stress in the area, so it was not enough to support the humerus in Márquez’s injured arm. Thus, what is known as peri-implant fracture.

The third operation was in early 2021. On this occasion, they replaced the previously inserted plate —which did not give the expected results— for a new one with an iliac crest bone graft.

For that year, the pilot was already recovered and was able to compete normally and even added two victories in the season. He also suffered falls, but none seriously until the following year, when in May he had an accident in Mugello (Italy) and suffered a relapse of his fracture. Again, he had to be operated on.

After the injury and after repeated interventions in just a couple of years, Márquez commented that he also felt great limitations in the mobility of his arm. This caused him not only discomfort, but also suffering when turning on his vehicle.

What stage of recovery is Marquez in?

The Spanish rider is going through a new post-surgical rehabilitation, gradually getting back into his professional activity. Before giving his first turns on the circuit, he had been in the gym for two weeks and, as he confessed, the most he could do was 25 or 30 push-ups. Therefore, he still needs to gain more strength.

In cases like that of Marc Márquez, exercises with weights serve to restore muscle tone, strength and endurance. These last two are fundamental factors in a sport like motorcycling, which requires maneuvering such heavy machines.

Previously, the pilot passed through the hands of a physiotherapist, whose role in the process is to rehabilitate the mobility of the affected limb. This is achieved through gentle movements, stretching and specific exercises:

  • simple mobilizations shoulder extension, flexion, adduction, abduction and rotation.
  • curls biceps with a resistance element, such as elastic band.
  • shoulder rotation movements, adding light loads at the beginning and progressively advancing.
  • Triceps pulley or dumbbell exercises low weight.
  • When the muscles are stronger, you can start with stability exercises, such as the different types of isometric plank and push-ups.
The physiotherapist plans exercises to recover mobility and strength in the arm, after an injury like Marc Márquez’s.

Marc Márquez and an imminent return to competition

After these tests, what remains for Márquez now is to wait to see if pain appears. If there are no problems and the arm continues to regain strength, the six-time world champion could be in competition in mid-September, at the Aragón Grand Prix.

Undoubtedly, the road to this point has been hard and shows what a relapse can cost in the face of a serious injury. Fortunately, the Spaniard has shown an unwavering spirit to overcome adversity and bounce back.

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