Shane Carwin: Long Road To Recovery, Injury Update


UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin body has proven to be his biggest opponent. Carwin phoned in to HDNet’s Inside MMA to talk about his back injury that had him temporarily paralyzed and future in the sport.

“Right now, I’m doing alright. We gotta get up early. I gotta get up at about 3:30 in the morning to head down there to go have surgery. But, it’s T-10 through T-12. It’s basically the middle of my back. I’ve got a disc that’s pressing into my spinal cord. They’ve basically removed all the spinal fluid around the area. The first time something really bad happened, I was doing a seminar, just drilling takedowns and I got taken down. Both my legs froze up and I actually thought I was paralyzed. It lasted 10 to 15 seconds. I wasn’t able to move them (my legs) or anything. Finally, I was able to recover after the initial impact to my spinal cord. When I started jumping and stuff, I had a tremendous amount of pain in my legs. What they’re gonna do is they’re gonna actually drill out the bone in my spine to give my spinal cord some room in there.”

It all goes as planned, Carwin hopes to return to action sometime in the spring of 2012. Interview below,