Less than a month after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right hip, Tiago Splitter is riding an exercise bicycle and walking with the aid of only one crutch.
The Hawks reserve center won’t play again this season and will miss the 2016 Rio Olympics and perhaps the start of next season. However, his rehabilitation program is well under way.
“This is all the normal protocol, normal procedure,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Tuesday. “One of the things that Tiago believes in firmly and the (athletic performance staff) believes in, is to get him in great shape to come out of the surgery and give him his best opportunity to make it back. There are things he can do to get himself in elite condition so when he is in a position to come back he’s in unbelievable physical condition.”
Splitter had surgery Feb. 26 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He appeared in only 36 games in his first season with the Hawks before the injury caused him to shut down.