Specialists in biomolecules
Jon Santacana, Paralympic skier:
My name is Jon Santacana, I'm a Paralympic skier. At age 8, I was diagnosed with a degenerative vision problem which helped me to discover something that has truly been my passion, skiing. I have participated in 4 Paralympic games, in several World Championships, I have been on the national team for 15 years and I consider myself as someone who is a fighter, is confident and works very hard toward his goals.
"Santacana has only 5% vision and skies with his guide, Miguel Galindo"
In 2013 we were certainly in one of the best shapes of our lives, as Miguel and I had been working and training together for many years and we were preparing for these Sochi games which were only 6 months away and we were entering the final stretch.
During a physical training, at the start of running, I felt as if someone had kicked me from behind and I fell to the ground, I turned around and no one was there. It was at that moment my body knew that I could not get back on my feet, it knew that I was hurt. It was difficult because I had to return to Spain, 25 hours alone in a plane, when I learned that I had ruptured my Achilles Tendon and that we were talking that the recovery would take a minimum of 6-8 months.
These were very intense months with 8-hour work days, in 4 and a half months I was already able to do my recovery out on the snow and I was able to attend the Sochi games and we even managed to win a gold medal.
"Santacana and Galindo won a gold and a silver along with two fourth place finishes"
The main factors for a rapid recovery like mine are surgery, medical treatment, physiotherapy together with a strong will and the supplements which can help regenerate ruptured tissues In my case, I was taking Tendoactive for practically 3 months which is what helped me to regenerate the tendon more quickly.
Obviously while recovering from an injury there are high and low points. I feel that I have trusted greatly in the environment which has helped me, in a multidisciplinary team, and in myself. I believed that I could achieve these things.