Professional Bodybuilder Kenny O’Malley Injured Before Competition
Professional bodybuilder Kenny O’Malley’s has a long road ahead of him after tearing a muscle in his right arm, reports Māori Television.
The injury is a large bicep distal tear. Radiologist Dr. Peter Gendall of River Radiology has determined that the tendon will need surgery.
“Three quarters of it has torn, there is only a quarter still attached, but the specialist said when I went to see him that the part still attached to it is strong and will hold,” says O’Malley.
The freak accident that caused the injury consisted of O’Malley losing his grip on a dumbbell in the gym, which resulted in tearing the tendon.
“I had a dumbbell on my shoulder and it was a freak accident, it slipped off my shoulder and I tried to re-catch it again,” says O’Malley. “When I re-caught it- that’s when I tore the tendon and bicep and it ripped down. It was an ugly accident, it’s something I didn’t expect to happen but it happened.”
However, O’Malley says that despite the setbacks of the accident, the situation has compelled him to take better care of himself and focus on rehabilitation.
While the 2012 New Zealand Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (NZIFBB) opens champion may be out of the gym for up to six months following the surgery needed to repair the tendon, he still plans to compete this weekend.
“Just for now I’m going to hold on, there is a bit of pain but I’m going to just handle it. I already started something and can’t walk out halfway and leave something unfinished,” says O’Malley.
He will be competing in the Men’s Classic division. His younger brother Teina O’Malley, who is also a professional bodybuilder, made the same switch in 2017.
According to O’Malley, he and his brother have both influenced each other and often discuss what’s best for one another.
“We have never been competitive against each other,” says O’Malley. “We just want the best for each other.”
Torn bicep and all, O’Malley will take the stage this weekend at the NZIFBB Pro/Am at the Victoria Conference Centre in Auckland.