Whilst waiting to get some screws to tighten my shoulder bones together, I kicked and kicked and kicked and now also have tendonitis.

All is not well and perhaps the rest after the Op will do good.

What is a year of injury in a life-long swimming career?

It is a bit of a chain-reaction sometimes. Once something goes wrong, everything else goes wrong as well. But, it can’t last forever.

Muscular interaction

Have now decided to step down from the top performance squat because with parts of the body injured, the training level and demand on the whole body is simply too much.

Training exercises affect the whole body and if part of that body is not fully working than the result can be more pain and injury.

A shoulder operation may involve having to wear a plaster cast on the shoulder for 2 – 3 months and that will effectively squash any hope of being in the pool.

We will hear next week what the time-table for the treatment is going to be.

It’s always good to have other things to do. The GCSE and schooling are always there, it is possible to do gym work and land work and there is always the possibility to enter a career of coaching to pass on that enthusiasm and skills.

Stay positive, look forward, never give up.

Fast kicking

There is little point in kicking with a slow squad whilst injured. The kicking of a performance swimmer is faster than the normal stroke swim of an average swimmer and can be even faster than the normal stroke of another performance swimmer.

I have heard that some coaches move injured swimmers to slower squads but that really defeats the object.

If either legs or arms are injured swimmers can still either just use arms or just use legs. The butterfly body kick is a very powerful exercise that keeps the body moving and fit for the purpose. Especially when the shoulder is injured you can literally worm your way through the pool like a snake on the sand of the desert.