August 14, 2013

Paul Rabil Tweets Injuries, Plans Surgery for September

by Sean Burns | | Twitter

@John Strohsacker/

Boston Cannons midfielder and Team USA hopeful Paul Rabil will undergo surgery to repair two torn muscles in early September.

On Wednesday morning, Rabil tweeted, "Lots of rehab, maintenance mixed with lifting and arc trainer... never been excited to do surgery and start the rehabilitation process. 9/4/13." When fans asked what the surgery was for, he replied, "torn ab and adducter [sic]."

The abdominal and adductor (hip) muscles are key in Rabil's game, as shooting on the run relies on the transfer of energy through the midsection to help build rotational force in the torso for a strong shot.

The Sept. 4 surgery date was planned so the reigning Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship MVP could attend tryouts for the 2014 U.S. team over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1).

"I'm definitely going to be there – it's something I've prepared my whole life to do," Rabil said. "It's a major part of what I focus on [in my lacrosse career]."

Rabil credited the Johns Hopkins training staff for helping him compete through the Major League Lacrosse season, maintaining his ability to perform despite the injuries.

"I give them a ton of credit for helping me continue to do everything I can. I'm very fortunate," he said.

Rabil played in all 14 of the Cannons' games this summer and was named Team MVP after a 54-point season (32 goals, 19 assists), but the team struggled defensively and missed the upcoming Major League Lacrosse playoffs.

Rabil played in 17 games in the winter and spring for the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, scoring 17 goals with 21 assists.

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