On July 21, 2022, weightlifter Kate Vibert introduced that she had torn a meniscus throughout a coaching session in an Instagram put up. Meniscuses are items of cartilage in individuals’s knees that perform as shock absorbers between the shin and thighbone and assist stabilize knees. The athlete didn’t disclose how her harm occurred, which meniscus she tore, or what elevate she carried out. She solely stated that she knew one thing was flawed instantly after a rep.

That really feel when you must inform your coach you’re 99 p.c positive you simply tore your meniscus. (Spoiler alert: I used to be appropriate.)

As a results of her harm, Vibert says she’s going to forgo competing within the 2022 Pan-American Championships, which is able to happen on July 24-July 29 in Bogotá, Colombia. 

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Vibert is one in every of Team USA weightlifting’s largest stars. With a silver medal on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic video games and a few American Records on the snatch (112 kilograms/246.9 kilos) and whole (248 kilograms/546.7 kilos) within the 71-kilogram division — Vibert often submits a stellar efficiency of power for the Americans. Unfortunately, she’ll have to sit down on the sideline for a while as she recovers from her knee harm. 

Expected Recovery

In the caption of her Instagram put up, Vibert didn’t appear too involved about any lasting, unfavorable results of her meniscus harm. After a pending surgical procedure, she seems prepared to maneuver ahead as quick as doable. 

“Awaiting a partial meniscectomy surgery sometime in the next week or two, I got about a 50 percent removal from the looks of it,” Vibert wrote. “Obviously, I’ll have to sit out from PanAms, but all things considered, I am confident I’ll be back to lifting in the next month or two. It was a scary few days navigating options, but I’m happy with my decision and excited to get back in the gym and recover as soon as possible.”

Based on a December 2016 research, Vibert’s whole restoration from her meniscus tear might fluctuate in time. In stated research, the imply restoration interval for the roughly 500 meniscus sufferers was round 5 weeks. Complete therapeutic with no underlying points often took about three months. (1)

Unless in any other case famous, these sufferers weren’t world-class weightlifters like Vibert. The severity and levels of tears additionally play an element. That doesn’t essentially imply Vibert will recuperate sooner from her reported 50 p.c meniscus tear, but it surely may provide a leg up given her established high-level conditioning. 

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Vibert’s Future

Depending on how her restoration from her meniscus tear and surgical procedure goes, Vibert’s absence from the aggressive weightlifting scene won’t final lengthy. A contest that would line up with Vibert’s timeline is the 2022 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships.

The actual date for that competitors isn’t confirmed however will happen this fall in Bogotá, Colombia. At the time of this writing, the IWF calendar has the World Championships slated for December 1-17, 2022.  Notably, Vibert hasn’t participated on this contest since a gold medal consequence within the 71-kilogram division throughout the 2019 version. 

Vibert may elect to concentrate on her restoration solely whereas retaining facets like her leg and shoulder power. The athlete has centered her long-term ambitions on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Those are nonetheless roughly two years away, however {qualifications} will start to ramp up quickly. Notably, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) electing to not embrace Vibert’s current 76-kilogram weight class at these Olympics, she has stated over social media that she’d compete at her previous division of 71 kilograms. 

There’s a protracted street forward for one of many United States’ prime weightlifters. Given Vibert’s monitor report, she’s seemingly making ready for the lengthy haul. 


  1. Pihl, Okay. et al. (2016). Over-optimistic affected person expectations of restoration and leisure actions after arthroscopic meniscus surgical procedure. Acta Orthopaedica. 2016 Dec 87 (6): 615-621. 

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