At the age of eleven, Ricardo Jorge, “Ricki”, was invited to play tennis with a competitive six player program in Lisbon, Portugal. He trained with other students who would become olympic athletes. At the age of eleven, Ricki also developed scoliosis.
Scoliosis is curvature of the spine. The curve of the spine is measured in degrees. After a 50-degree curve, surgery is recommended. It can cause pain and is common among adolescent children.