Elite Athlete in Rehab, my first back injury!
No training for 4 to 6 weeks...
Those words were still ringing around my head as I left the osteopathic clinic. My eyes filled up..
Telling me not to train, is pretty much akin to telling me not to breathe! It’s what I do, and who I am. And with the European Triathlon Champs only 18 weeks away I began to panic!
5 days earlier I had been at the gym working on some strength and conditioning. As I straightened up from a squat position I felt a sharp pain in my sacro-iliac joint and I just knew straight away it was going to be a nasty injury. Despite this knowledge I still slipped into denial, and ended up wandering around the gym in search of some ice and thinking, oh well this is meant to be an easy recovery week so I’ll be fine to take it easy for a few days, then I’ll be back on it.
Unfortunately this was not the case, and 3 weeks later, with a diagnosis of a torn sacro-iliac ligament, I was still in pain after several alternating periods of recover y and relapse. The stage of denial had long gone, and in a haze of pain and codeine, I had come to accept that maybe, just maybe, I was going to be in ‘enforced rest’ mode for a good 4 – 6 weeks as my osteopath had predicted. Not happy!
It amazed me how much the injury affected me psychologically and one way I stayed positive was to remind myself that things could always be a lot worse, as well as finding ways to fill my time, such as doing jobs a triathlete never finds time to do, but which didn’t involve any movement! For example, finally sorting out all our wedding photos from 3 years earlier!
True recovery only really started when I learned to just rest, sit still, be kind to myself, and see the right type of therapist at the right time.. I am forever grateful to Mitch and Elle for visiting me with some Rock Tape one evening when I was shaking with the pain, and to Matt for giving me the courage to start some rehab exercises when I was still scared to move for fear of going back to square one!
I am now swimming daily, and will hopefully be back on the bike and run training in the next few weeks. However, I have learned that patience is indeed a virtue, especially when it comes to recovering from a sport injury, and I’ll be easing myself in gradually!
Top 5 things to help recover from an injury...
1. Be kind to yourself: eat and rest well, and don't beat yourself up about the injury.
2. Keep mentally busy with jobs you have been putting off for ages
3. Seek professional advice and help as soon as possible
4. Try to maintain fitness with an activity which doesnt cause any pain, eg: swimming. If there is no such activity, concentrate on planning your sports nutrition, or rehab training programme for when you are better.
5. Dont be afraid to ask for help from friends/family/dogwalkers/etc
Good news is that to date, Leanne is back on the bike and following a controlled rehabilitation, back in training for the European Champs in Geneva. Leanne joined Studio57clinic spring time 2015 and is going strong with treating sporting and non sporting clients with deep tissue preventative treatments. If booking in with Leanne, expect a highly focussed sports specific treatment packed with plenty of great training advice. See Leannes profile...
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