Jah-Nhai Perinchief has vowed to “return stronger” from his latest injury setback which has ruled the University of Arkansas athlete out for the rest of the season.
Perinchief injured his hamstring while competing in the high jump at the SEC Indoor Championships held at Texas A & M University last month.
“I tore three out of four hamstring muscles in the same tendon, so I’m out for the season,” Perinchief told The Royal Gazette.
“It’s more of just me getting stronger and I will be good for next season they said. Basically my body is not strong enough to handle my power, so it’s really just me rehabbing and getting stronger this season.
“A red shirt, take the season off and just come back stronger for next year and have no sort of problems or injuries.
“As soon as it happened I was just like, ‘So when do I get to start the rehab?’. It’s boring, yeah, but just stick with the plan and come back for next year.
“Stuff happens and there are people who haven’t even had a chance to do what I get to do, so I just take advantage of it even with the downsides. Just go with the flow and wait for my time.
“I know the bigger outcome is going to be better than what’s happening now.”
Perinchief was forced to undergo extensive rehabilitation for a hip injury last summer.
His troubles seemed to be behind him and he was given the green light to resume competing but suffered another setback after tearing his hamstring during the NCAA indoor season.
After more treatment, Perinchief made a spectacular comeback from his ordeal by establishing two personal indoor bests and shattering his own national record at the Arkansas Qualifier and UCS Invitational in Fayetteville and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last month.
The 20-year-old broke his own national indoor record en route to winning the high jump with a leap of 2.22 metres.
His jump vaulted him up to No 9 on the NCAA leaderboard and tied him for No 8 on Arkansas’ all-time best list.
Perinchief then completed an impressive double by winning the triple jump with another personal best leap of 16 metres to debut on the NCAA triple jump list at No 13.