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Kaycee Feild progressing from injuries

by TRACY RENCK | May 08, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild is well on his road to recovery after getting injured in the finals at Rodeo Austin (Texas), March 30.

Feild, who won four consecutive world titles from 2011-14, had an 87-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Killer Bee but was injured moments after the whistle.

Field, 32, suffered a skull fracture, an inline fracture of his jaw and inline fracture of his nasal cavity.

He was treated at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin and was released from the hospital April 2.

“I went to a brain doctor (at the University of Utah on April 28) and I had great results,” Feild said. “There was no sign of any injury. He told me that I could get back to working out and being active but to go 50 percent and take lots of rest. I have been working out for almost two weeks and taking it slow and easy. It has been tough. It’s weird. It’s not like breaking an arm or any other surgery I’ve ever dealt with. You go and do anything, and you feel great, and 10 to 15 hours later, whenever it takes a hold, you start to feel worn out, like you're experiencing real bad jet lag. You have the body aches, you can’t focus and you’re really tired. That was (May 1) the last time that happened, and I have been working out every day and I feel really good and confident.”

Feild has an appointment with a sports neurologist the first week of June to evaluate his progress.

“She will take an MRI of my neck, jaw and nasal cavity, and I will get a second opinion of what she thinks of my brain,” Feild said. “She has had a lot of success, and she has some protocols I will follow for 30 days on some exercises where she strengthens your brain and heals your brain. As for setting goals for rodeo, I’m thinking realistically it will be August before I come back.”

Feild is atop the May 6 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $115,965. He’s in no hurry to start competing again.

“I’m not stressed or not worried about coming back at all,” Feild said. “There are a lot of rodeos that have gone from $7,500 to $10,000 to $12,000, and there are a lot of opportunities to stay No. 1 late in the season if someone has passed me. My plan is to be in better shape than ever when I come back. Maybe part of the reason it will take me so long is I really want to be focused and in physical shape to (the point) where, when I do come back, I don’t have to ride to stay in shape. The only reason I will be riding is for the standings and to keep my mind sharp for those two jumps.”





 
 
 
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