Rehabbing With Latta

After finishing the season as the Shock’s leading scorer in 2010, Ivory Latta entered training camp in 2011 poised to lead the Shock to a better year but a shoulder and then knee injury forced her to miss 10 games including the final five.

Latta had surgery on the torn meniscus in her left knee on September 7 and has been rehabbing in Atlanta since the end of the season. Latta averaged 12.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes a game for the Shock in 2011.

Before her knee injury, Latta had scored in double-figures in four of the last six games. Latta scored a team season-high 26 points against Connecticut on June 12.

"It was a tough process just getting back, trying to walk without having so much pain," said Latta about her surgery. "My main thing was getting my range of motion back. It was tough. It still is tough. I'm focused on getting 100 percent healthy and not trying to come back too early."

Throughout the rehab process, Latta has been very cautious and patient with her knee, ensuring that she gave her body time to heal while pushing herself to get ready for the court as soon as she can.

"Doctor said I might need four-to-six weeks of rehab so I took the six weeks," said Latta, laughing. "I didn't want to cut it short."

Since returning home to Atlanta after the end of the 2011 regular season, Latta has been rehabbing five times a week including two days a week in the pool, a regiment that she describes as the toughest pool workouts that she has ever had in her life. The other three days consists of weight-lifting, stretches and on the court basketball drills.

"It feels great. It's one of the best decisions I made for my career and my body. I'm pain and stress free, I'm just blessed that everything worked out the way it did," Latta said. "I'm on the court, I'm dribbling, I'm shooting, I'm cutting. I'm doing my normal thing right now."

Latta hopes to finish rehab within the next week and is prepaing to return to playing basketball overseas by this January. She will definitely be more than ready to go in time for the 2012 Shock season next summer.

"I'll be 105% at the end of this month," Latta said. "I'm just continuing to get it better and get stronger till I decide I'm ready to be back on the court."

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