Scutt, 23 , has been plagued with carpal tunnel syndrome in her wrists. It was a diagnosis missed by her doctors because they never expected it in someone so young. “It started five years ago, at the 29er Worlds,” says Scutt. “It was basically triggered by skiff sailing because of the load on the sheets.”
When steroid injections failed to ward off numbness that set in during races and extreme pain afterward, USOC doctors urged her to take six weeks off for surgery. “If it had been realized earlier on what was happening, I would have started scapular strengthening and physical therapy earlier, and it might have been less of a problem,” she says. Since surgery, Scutt has focused on strengthening her back and shoulders to take the strain off her wrists and arms.