Which one of us has a private physician that would stand by and deliver instant reliable diagnosis? Hm, I do not know anybody like that.
NHS waiting lists are long and if there is a problem that needs further investigation then any performance athlete either can rely on a team doctor or line up in the queue.
Performance swimming is a hard sport, requires constant high-velocity training because the world record times are extremely fast, the Olympic qualifying times are equally fast and everything else in between is not much slower.
It is impossible to stay in performance swimming without constant training.
As Madison now has this Swimmer’s shoulder problem performance training is severely affected. We need to step down from the training and turn into the slower lane until the doctors are finally ready to delivery a reliable diagnoses and recommend the correct physio to mend the problem.
The shoulder is a big place with many muscles and tendons, one simply cannot assume what is the best exercise to do.
Whatever the problem is, it is extremely important to stay in shape and do exercises that do not overstretch the affected part.
It is important to stay in training and with our club we are very lucky to have a flexible club structure that can adjust training groups and routines to fit any particular need.
Yet it seems that medical assistance is not ready to deal with sport in general. I think NHS practises are very well organised to deal with winter flu, excess weight, check ups and general appointments but when it comes to sport related problems there is no network of doctors available that can be called upon demand by sportsters.
Many people have private medical insurance but I doubt that even those can deliver on the spot treatments.
What we really need are sports clinics because the healthy and active life-style is becoming generally more popular. That would be the way to go for a modern NHS.