Ideally, you’d like your ab muscles to “look ripped,” not “be ripped.” According to multiple reports, Rene Bourque shredded some abs the wrong way while training during the off-season and had to have surgery today.

Ab tears are brutally painful (up there with broken ribs – every cough is affected), and with the core being such an exceptionally important area of the body for hockey players, this should seriously set him back. The report says he’ll be out 8-to-12 weeks, but “out” doesn’t do justice to core injuries, as the healing is slow, so you find yourself set back quite a ways when you do return.

Bourque is coming off a disappointing season with the Habs after being shipped over in the trade for Mike Cammalleri, tallying five goals and eight assists in 38 games. For a guy who was looking to have a big bounce-back year, this is some pretty disappointing news.

Ah well. At least he’s got that whole lockout thing to buy him some time. Sigghhhh.

Comments (4)

  1. That couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” fellow. Never want to hear about anyone’s injury but hard to feel bad for him.

  2. Ouch. Had surgery a few years ago where they had to cut some of the ab muscles. The worst part was trying to get the digestive system going again. They also took the longest heal out of the affected areas (skull, brain, neck & abs).

  3. Especially sympathetic for him today since I had abdominal cramps after my workout yesterday. Even those are awful.

  4. well, at least he won’t be able throw elbows to unsuspecting star centers heads during a stoppage in play.

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