"My name is Dan Cashen. I’ll be 55 years old this year. And I’m a CrossFitter.

On Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, I was having a great day. I had already played two rounds of disc golf and was planning on skating that night. On my way home from playing I stopped in to see a friend at his home.

As I was walking down the slight hill of the drive I slipped and heard two pops — “POP POP” — and I went down in a great deal of pain. I lay there for a few minutes trying to decide what had just happened. I finally sat up and scooted on my butt back to a low wall so I could press myself up onto the wall. At this point my legs weren’t working and I was not sure if it was just in my mind or if I actually did some kind of damage. I used my cell phone to call my friend and told him that I was in his driveway and could not get up and needed his help. He came out to find me in pain and unable to walk or even stand.

The ER diagnosed knee sprains, immobilized both my legs so I could walk straight legged with a walker and sent me home. On Monday I made an appointment with the orthopedic doctor to get a definitive diagnosis.

After being immobilized for five days, the orthopedic physician diagnosed a bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture (both quadriceps had popped off the knee) and scheduled surgery for the following Monday.

One of the first people I emailed was my coach, Jon Rowley, at 2020 CrossFit. I wanted to let him know that I would not be in to the gym for a while. I have been working out with 2020 CrossFit for about two years and attribute this to why I was feeling so strong before the fall. Jon sent his well wishes and empathy and also said that as soon as I could walk I should come back in as we could work around the injury and that there were a “million things we could do.” So I had my surgery and waited for two long weeks to get my staples out and permission from the doctor to begin bending my knees just a little. As soon as I could bend my knees in my braces I was able to drive. I stopped in to see Coach Rowley to make sure it was really okay for me to come back and to discuss what I could do. He told me that we would not do anything that would bend or stress my knees but I could do abdominal work and upper body work — the list went on and on. I came back the next morning, two-and-a-half weeks out of surgery, and got back to work so I could get back to feeling strong.

I’m nine weeks post-surgery now and just had my appointment with the doctor. He was floored by how well my legs are feeling and how well I am moving. He still hasn’t released me for any kind of explosive movements but he did say that whatever I have been doing I should keep it up. All I have been doing is following all of my coach’s directions. Thanks to all the coaches at 2020 CrossFit."


-Dan Cashen