It’s been a lengthy process, but Matthew Mitchell is finally starting to feel like himself again.
In a recent interview with Josh Sullivan over at the Herald-Leader, the Kentucky Women’s Basketball head coach talked for the first time since he suffered a serious concussion that eventually led to brain surgery over the summer. Mitchell said he’s slowly getting back to 100 percent health after a family trip to Mexico back in March resulted in him accidentally falling during a hike.
“I’m feeling good. It’s been a slower recovery than I would have ever imagined but I feel like I am rounding the corner,” Mitchell said, according to Sullivan.
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Mitchell, his wife, and two daughters took a vacation shortly after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the NCAA Tournament and put most of everyday life on hold. While out getting some exercise, he clipped a rock and fell to the ground, but never lost consciousness and assumed everything was good to go. But then he was notably absent from the team throughout the summer, eventually undergoing surgery in late June after it was discovered that he had a crack in his skull as a result of the fall. Associate head coach Kyra Elzy has been filling in for him during preseason practices, which began two weeks ago.
“When they drill into your skull, that’s a little scary,” Mitchell told Sullivan. “But the physical aftermath … it just takes awhile for bone to heal. In fact, the surgical area probably won’t be fully healed for another year.”
With under a month remaining under the 2020-21 season officially gets underway, Mitchell expects to be ready to resume his full-time responsibilities. He’s already back to running practices and with high expectations for the upcoming season, he’ll need all the time with his team he can get.