Don’t ever give up hope, some injuries take longer to heal than others and Swimmer’s shoulder can take as long as a normal pregnancy to heal, around 9 months.
It is hard not to take part in competitions and watch others rake in the medals whilst yourself is just kicking around in the pool. Yet, after 8 years of intense swimming there is little point in giving up the sport for an injury that is healable.
This just shows we are human beings with bodies that can break and need time to heal.
Our club and coach is fantastic in allowing swimmers to overcome injuries. It would be quite terrible if swimmers were discarded on the basis of having an injury. The key point is to keep training with the remaining parts of the body that allow keeping the core fitness at the highest possible peek whilst looking for solutions.
Ashley Twichell, a swimmer for Duke University wanted to get a place on the 2016 Olympic Team and gotten a shoulder injury. Read the story here how she overcame the problems.
Petria Thomas, Australia had to have several shoulder surgeries to win three golds at the Athens Olympics. Read that story here.
British diver Dan Goodfellow overcame nerve damage in his shoulder to win Bronze for Britain. Read the story here.
It really is not worth throwing years of training into the bin over a condition that is treatable and just needs a little time to diagnose and treat.
Keep on training with a coach that is knowledgeable on the condition.
There are great articles about this on the internet. The causes can vary, e.g.
- nerve damage
- torn tendon
- scar tissue
There can be various causes and it is always worth looking into it properly rather than ignoring the pain and making it worst without proper treatment. We don’t know yet and do not want to attempt any treatments without knowing the exact cause. We’ve even had a suggeston that her pain could be in the mind!
Madison is still waiting for an MRI scan now and an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor. But in the meantime its training with the legs.
The kick is now tremendous. In effect it all depends if a swimmer really loves the sport, if they do then an injury will not stop them from pursuing the dream.