Life’s greatest hurdle: U-M doc helps Olympic hopeful pursue her dream
She’s no stranger to sports injuries, but hurdler and Olympic hopeful Candice Price had no idea what to do next when she was hurt in a bad car accident this fall. Price suffered a concussion, followed by debilitating headaches and trouble keeping her balance.
“This has been one of the most challenging injuries,” Price says, “and there’s nothing visual I can point out to people, it’s just an injury to my brain.”
The Ann Arbor-area native visited sports neurologist Andrea Almeida, M.D., at the Michigan NeuroSport clinic to address her symptoms and help her get back to training for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Price was surprised when Dr. Almeida told her she was going to use exercise as part of her treatment plan.
A seven-time All American track standout with the University of Southern California, Price narrowly missed the 2008 U.S. Olympic track team and had to step aside for the 2012 Summer Games while pregnant with her daughter, Gianna. She sees this year as her final shot at representing her country in the Games.
“There’s just a small timetable to get healthy, so I can get back to training at 100 percent and make the Olympic team,” Price said.
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