Not much going on right now

At present not much is being posted because there is a break in competing. So for the many followers of this blog, it will pick up again at a later date. At the moment is mainly leg-training, spinning on bicycles and land work.

Missing out on all the best competitions at the moment and can’t wait to get stuck in again. Can help with competitions though, never losing interest in the sport.

Don’t get demoralised

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Aoife, Kaia and Madison prior to an 800 Freestyle race at Barking and Dagenham, photo taken by Alexander McDonald (now coach at Chelsea & Westminster)

Any prolonged injury can easily lead to feeling demoralised.

  • Can’t take part in all the training
  • practise hurts
  • Can’t take part in competitions
  • people talk to you like you are no longer important

Being demoralised can have important consequences, which produce a creeping withdrawal from the sport.

That can have results like:

  • Making excuses why you can’t take part in gym sessions
  • Making excuses when late for school
  • Looking to break up sessions early

What every injured athlete needs are people who keep on giving encouragement. Saying things like

  • Keep on trying
  • Go to the session
  • Stay the whole session

Not being able to take part in competitions and bring home the medals is probably one of the worst things that can happen to a swimmer.

Madison always relished her medals and being shown on social media and in the club pages of Facebook or Twitter. Having photos taken with friends during competitions, photos that express the team spirit and excitement before or after a swim.

It also all depends how determined you are and it helps to research a problem and listen to a sympathetic coach(es) who give exercises that bridge the gap between the injury appearing and treatment being offered.

Having looked at various publications about the issue, I think that Madison probably needs an operation to resolve the problems.

Embracing the HAC

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.

 

the 20 second hug

A hug needs to be 20 seconds long before the body starts to produce the “bonding hormone” oxytocin, which reduces the harmful physical effects on stress. There literally is a study for this.

Short hugs are probably useful though to change attitude towards others, e.g. feel not aggressive and it puts you into a friendlier mood.

Though when I hug now I make sure it lasts at least 20 seconds. To get maximum effect though, you should get at least 8 hugs of that sort per day. Hm, it’s either hugging the same people over and over again or building up a queue of potential huggers.

You need to be pretty friendly and trusting with someone to get such a close emotional bond that prolonged hugging produces. Also hugging is only really enjoyable if both parties really want to do it. You just can’t force others to hug you for 20 seconds and hold tight.

Swimmng the channel with a dislocated shoulder

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Picture, Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust of Physiotherapist Samantha Poulsen, swimming the Channel with an injured shoulder, in freezing water and 1000s of jelly fish.

That is an inspiration to us all, a physiotherapist that shows us how its done, how to deal with injured shoulders, swimming the channel.

Just read this great article in the East London Advertiser, I hope they don’t mind me taking one of their pics to make the case, that everything is possible with an injured shoulder.

There are obviously two ways to deal with problems, 1 is to succumb to them, 2 is to make the best of a situation.

2 steps forward 1 MRI scan

I am just livid, another mess with booked competitions and not being able to go. Counting the cost of all the lost competitions, it staggers up into hundreds of pounds.

The latest victim is going to be Cambridge Grand Prix, booked the races, booked the hotel and now the shoulder plays up.

Waiting for an MRI scan. Apparently the doctor could not even see into my shoulder with the normal scan last time because of all the inflammation.

But just as I had a bad shoulder the NHS immunisation service decided to put an injection into the arm near my bad shoulder and I am doubly in pain.

Just starting to think if Performance swimming is the right thing but on the other hand, other squads just have such a steep drop in training, that it seems like two different worlds between performance swimming and other swimming.

There is always kicking and spinning as an alternative to normal training.

It’s been quite beneficial to train with either only arms or only legs. When I had the broken leg I used only arms, making my shoulders stronger and now with the inflamed shoulder, doing mostly kicking will improve the legs.

Maybe I am meant to train in parts and in the end it will all come together as one fit swimmer.

living with this injury

Obviously the shoulder injury will get better, one day, when that will be is uncertain and equally certain, as a determined young sports person one doesn’t want to drop out of the performance pathway.

Starting with the Performance Youth Squad this month with this injured shoulder. Not the best of starts, but nobody is perfect at all times.

Not certain whether people show more sympathy for cars breaking down rather than injured young athletes.

The Cambridge Grand Prix is not far away and it is cheering me up that it is in an iconic location. Who hasn’t heard of Cambridge, the world-famous university?

Will have to drop out of the 400 free. Cannot do long distance free style at the moment. Backstroke is easier. Must have injured some part of my shoulder muscle that is used by freestyle mainly.

Stereotypes

There is nothing more dangerous than talking about religion and food. On my Facebook account I have plenty of American friends who regularly boast about the amount of bacon they eat. It’s almost like a dare to many.

Generally everybody who doesn’t like bacon is labelled as a Muslim.

There are however food health research results advocating that eating bacon is dangerous for the health because the meat is cured with a lot of salt.

The Guardian was running a story on bacon and why it is killing us. Sausages are also not healthy if eaten in excess.

Also Madison doesn’t like her food over-brown, and literally browning and roasting food is also dangerous to an extent.

The Times reports that in California a court has ordered that sellers of coffee have to warn about cancer causing qualities. Apparently during the roasting “The chemical, acrylamide, is produced during the coffee bean roasting process, as well as when sugars and amino acids found in other foods are cooked at high temperatures.”

Our household is using very little salt. Madison was raised on eating little salt. So eating bacon is just being associated with a salty taste that Madison dislikes. Yet looking Asian and disliking bacon is almost always associated in being a Muslim who dislikes bacon .I think people should not associate looks of people with the health of some foods.

During our last holiday in Germany we were served chips that had a thick salt crust on them, my relative said that this is just what Germans eat. So Germany is not our favourite holiday spot any longer.

 

 

Massive

Just read this great post from @massivemel on Twitter and she is listing all the medals the Loughborough swimmers achieve at the 2018 European Championships, 5 Gold , 3 Silver, 2 Bronze.

Then yesterday, on Friday, 10th August 2018, the very day after Adam Peaty won his last Gold, she came to our MMSwiminspiration swim camp and oversaw our finale gala and gave a motivational talk at the end of it.

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Keep calm and carry on

It was very up-lifting to hear her attitude to swimming and everything that comes with it. For Mel, everything is positive that is to do with swimming, the pain and the glory. That is very important because normally we only like what feels good but to learn and improve we need to accept that it does hurt a bit sometimes, that is muscle aches.

Madison’s shoulder sprain is still not gone away but as we’ve heard even Max Lichfield suffered from a sprained shoulder for about a year and now is back on full form. It takes a lot of persistence to deal with all sorts of sporting hurts over time.

He is selling us the dream

As Adam Peaty just broke the 100m breaststroke World record again and is only 1/100 off his project 56, by swimming in exactly 57:00 seconds, I am officially on holiday.

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Melanie Marshall

Going to a swim camp with Adam Peaty’s coach, makes good dreaming. Madison is really looking forward to this. Off to Derbyshire we go.

That is a woman with great aspirations and that’s alright for us.

Madison will be in good hands in the Swiminspirations swim camp. A real Inspiration it is and always will be.

Madison now also wants to become a coach.