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DACRES MAKES CAUTIOUS RETURN

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 11:00 AMLeighton Levy
Dacres ______________________________ Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Federick Dacres of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in action during his meet record and personal best 64.62 metres throw at the Big Shot Invitational meet at the UWI yesterday.

As he makes his way back from knee surgery which saw him miss a number of meets including

the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this past summer, Federick Dacres is not even thinking much about the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, next summer.

Dacres' coach Julian Robinson has revealed that doctors have cleared Dacres, Jamaica's best discus thrower in 2014, to resume throwing this month. However, according to Robinson, he will be ensuring that his talented young charge, though champing at the bit, won't be rushing back into action.

"He is good. He can run and jog but I am not allowing him to," Robinson said of Dacres recently. "He should start full training in November. The doctor said he can start throwing in November but I won't do that. I will start him in November with strengthening his hamstrings."

Robinson, who guided Dacres to titles at the World Youth and World Junior Championships, as well as CARIFTA and the Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, has plans to get Dacres throwing by January 2015 with an eye on the athlete's long-term prospects.

"We're not even going to try to make the World Championship team," Robinson explained.

eager for action

Dacres, who threw a world-leading 66.75m in March, confirmed that he won't be throwing until January but expressed an eagerness to get back to action.

"There are still a few aches and pains but physically I feel fine," Dacres said. "Mentally, I really want to start throwing again because it's been a while since I have thrown but I won't be throwing until January even though the doctors said I can throw now."

He explained that part of the decision not to throw now stems from the intention to correct whatever flaws there were in his technique that caused the problems with his knee in the first place. He had suffered damage to the meniscus plus his Anterior Cruciate Ligament which forced his coach to pull him out of seve-ral meets after he complained of increasing pain in the knee during Intercollegiate Championships in April.

In addition to regular rehabilitation work Dacres' doctors had recommended several exercises that would help to strengthen the muscles around his knee which helped speed up his recovery. Robinson explained that his star pupil was walking without crutches mere weeks after surgery. Dacres has also been doing a lot of upper body weight work which has seen him add pounds of muscle mass during his recovery period.

He says he is doing everything possible so he can be close to where he was when he was forced out of action. "My target for the coming year is basically trying to get back where I left off," he said.