SuperTapp/Lombardi’s Harley-Davidson’s Mike Hacker will undergo surgery on Friday, April 29, to repair a shoulder injury that was actually sustained at the Daytona Short Track and then aggravated further during a training accident three weeks ago. Hacker will miss at least the next two rounds of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Series.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Vipool Goradia of GO Orthopedics. It is an outpatient procedure. Dr. Goradia and his team specialize in sports medicine.
“GO Ortho is dedicated to returning athletes to the playing field as soon as safely possible,” Goradia said. “The athlete’s need for speedy recovery has led to the development of more accelerated procedures for diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating sports injuries. Our goal at GO Ortho is to see every injured athlete as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Through a careful examination and appropriate tests, we can provide a proper and accurate diagnosis. We will then discuss with the athlete his or her options for treatment. So that everyone understands the patient’s recovery, we will also discuss treatment information with family members, coaches and trainers.”
Hacker first injured the shoulder when he crashed into Shawn Baer during a heat race at the season opener in Daytona. Hacker went on to qualify for the main event, finishing 14th.
“The shoulder really didn’t bother me after Daytona, and I didn’t think anything of it other than maybe I aggravated it,” Hacker said. “I’m disappointed because I know that SuperTrapp, Lombardi’s, Schotts and Tom Norton at Lexus of Cherryhill have put a lot of resources into our program, and I believe that it’s going to be one of the best out there. I’m hopeful that the time I’m going to be off will be minimal, but everyone involved with the team has made me feel at ease by assuring me that it will all be waiting for me when I do get back.”