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April 17, 2013

Oklahoma State wakeboard team member breaks leg during practice

STILLWATER, Okla. — A member of the Oklahoma State University wakeboarding team who sustained a severe leg injury Friday while practicing with other members at Lake Carl Blackwell has been released from hospital and is recovering.

According to an OSU police report, Jordan Mixon, 23, was being towed by rope behind a boat when he attempted a midair flip. A fellow team member, Hunter Spear, told police that when Mixon landed, his right shin broke just above his ankle. Spear told police that the bone was visibly exposed.

Teammate Garret Black said Mixon was working on a trick called a “scarecrow.”

“Basically you jump the wake toe side and do a front flip with a 180 degree rotation,” Black said. Mixon landed on the back of the wake and broke his leg.

Black said Mixon indicated he had suffered a severe broken leg and it was loose. Black said he and the team’s president Reid Paxton helped Mixon into the boat as calmly as they could while looking at the gruesome injury.

“I held it as he got out and we called the ambulance and when they showed up they took care of the rest,” Black said.

Mixon was transported to Stillwater Medical Center by LifeNet ambulance. Mixon is expected to heal in three to four weeks and is hoping to ride again this season, Black said.

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