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FIVE-TIME GOLD MEDALIST NADIA COMANECI SUFFERS INJURY DURING EXHIBITION Takes First STEPs Toward Rehabilitation

 ATLANTA, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 25 years into her career, Nadia Comaneci suffered her first sidelining injury at a gymnastics exhibition in Casper, Wyoming.
 During her floor exercise routine, Comaneci missed a double twisting back salto and tore her anterior cruciate ligament.
 Dr. Bill Grana, Comaneci's orthopedic surgeon, confirmed the extent of her injuries which include a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged medial meniscus cartilage. After ruling out the possibility of using an arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Grana performed a complete knee reconstruction on May 12 at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City.
 "We are very pleased with the surgery and expect a complete recovery with full range of motion restored in Nadia's right knee," stated Dr. Grana.
 Today at the Las Vegas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic, Comaneci took her first steps toward rehabilitation by initiating her personally designed workout on THE STEP platform. To get back on her feet again, Comaneci will once again rely on step training, the cardiovascular, muscle toning exercise that helped her shed 15 pounds and return to her Olympic form after a six-year hiatus from exercise in Romania.
 According to Nadia's Las Vegas physical therapist Keith Kleven, Nadia's rehabilitation program will consist of step training workouts for 20 minutes, three times a week; strength training (leg curls, leg extensions and squats); and biking for 20 minutes. Nadia is also being monitored by physical therapists Debbie Van Horn (Crested Butte, Colo.) and Diane Macksound (Oklahoma City, Okla.).
 "Step training has been a part of my aerobic conditioning for the last few years; now it will play an important role in my recovery," said Comaneci. "Dr. Grana told me to expect a four- to six-month recovery, but as you are aware, Olympic athletes are known for their great comebacks, so I expect to be back in no time," said Comaneci.
 In light of her injury, this fall Comaneci plans to serve as honorary chairperson for Step Challenge '93, a fitness roadshow and step training competition sponsored by The STEP Company. In addition, Comaneci is promoting her newly released step training circuit video: Nadia's Perfect 10.
 Atlanta-based The STEP Company develops and markets fitness, strength training and nutritional products to health clubs, individuals and retailers throughout the United States and in more than 44 countries worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Dean Trevelino or Charles Talbert of A. Brown-Olmstead, 404-659-0919, for The STEP Company/


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