will compete at the U.S. Championships later this month in Greensboro, N.C., despite experiencing occasional pain from a stress reaction in his pelvic bone that developed last month. He announced the injury in a Jan. 13 journal entry posted on his official website.
“This type of injury is one step down from a stress fracture, which I suppose is a good thing for me,” he wrote. The injury came on Dec. 27 while Hochstein was training at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which he uses a secondary practice facility.
“I had an MRI two days later which confirmed the stress reaction, but that I would have to go to another doctor for more testing,” he wrote. “I was off the ice for a week and when I was able to skate the following week I couldn’t jump higher than doubles. The next doctor’s visit this week reconfirmed the stress reaction and thought I might have a slight case of Osteitis pubis, which is a strain on the pubic bone and chronic groin pain.”
Hochstein has resumed training for the U.S. Championship, Jan. 22-30, where he looks to improve upon his seventh place standing from the previous nationals. He qualified for the event by placing second at the Midwestern Sectional Championship.
“I have been able to train now for the past few days and have been feeling mainly pain free,” he wrote. “Of course there is the occasional pain, but this is being treated with physical therapy and massage.”
Hochstein made his career debut on the Grand Prix earlier this season, placing 10th at Skate Canada. He was also first at the U.S. Collegiate Championship and fourth at Finlandia Trophy.
“Not knowing if I would be able to compete at nationals really was a wake up call,” he wrote. “It was God saying to me, ‘Love your skating again!’ And I do. I am really loving skating right now and I can’t wait to get to nationals. So keep your fingers crossed for a continued recovery and I will see you all in Greensboro.”
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