Football girl

Looking forward to the first kick-test in the pool of the season on Thursday. If anything has improved it is the kick. Have done nothing but kicking since a couple of months.

Also during that last girl football match in school PE, scored 4 out of the 6 goals the team achieved. Well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Need to dig out those shin pads.

Swim England nat. county champs

It’s next week on 7. October 2018 in Sheffield, Ponds Forge. And Hackney Aquatics has an entrant. Jude Costley is going to swim in the National County Champs team for Middlesex in the relay.

Madison won’t be going and I won’t be officiating there either. I’m going to do something much closer to home, I am going to help in the London Regional Disability Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre next Saturday, 6th. October 2018.

Nice and close to home and with little travel involved getting there and it is for a very good cause.

Had a lot of opportunity to speak to others about shoulder problems in swimmers and been given a lot of very hopeful feedback from other parents and swimmers.

So whilst Madison can’t compete at the moment, we help others where we can, whether its disability swimmers or at Arena League or our Club Championships soon to come.

Training still goes on  with a vengeance and kicking is what keeps the fitness alive at the moment.

 

 

The best kick ever

Whilst the shoulder muscles are wasting away with inactivity. The legs are absolutely booming. The kick over 100 m has now gone to 1.31.

It shouldn’t take longer than 4 weeks to get the arms back up to scratch.

There is a big difference to be seen if only part of the body trains whilst another stays dormant.

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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 long pause of hope

Whilst there was good news about the non existing Asthma, the shoulder is still a very big problem. The shoulder always hurts and training with the shoulder, e.g. swimming is not possible.

One cannot just assume that those problems with sort themselves out given time. Myself, I once suffered from Tendonitis and it went on and on for years without bettering itself.

Now Madison has been referred to a Orthepaedics doctor and an MRI scan. Good as well. Sometimes one just has to pursue getting to talk to the right doctor that actually can pinpoint the best solution. If one doctor cannot help, get second opinions, keep on trying.

The asthmatic phase

To mirror a typical doctor’s consultation. Doctor asks, do you get out of breath, Madison yes. Doctor do you ever wheeze? Madison, yes especially at the end of a long training session or after swimming fast. Diagnosis Asthma.

I fought that diagnosis since a long time. We were given breathing charts, filled them in by breathing into a tube and measuring the output and putting it on a chart, clearly showing that Madison is not asthmatic.

Yet despite all that evidence, doctors decided to formally diagnose Madison with Asthma after she felt a bit stressed and couldn’t breathe.

Madison was given the brown inhaler containing some steroids, which are illegal to use as injections. Apparently that brown inhaler didn’t make things better at all.

Yesterday, we spent several hours at the hospital and Madison undergone tests which showed that her lung capacity is in fact above average good.

Good riddance of the inhalers then.

But just to be going on about this. People in big cities are not only exposed to more stress due to tight space but also to more air pollution than in the countryside, that is more than obvious of course.

Stress can often result in feeling uncomfortable and feeling a bit tight and cached in by all sorts of things, which may feel like not being able to breathe freely.

More exercise than usual can lead to feeling out of breath. I experienced it myself. After years of inactivity I took up swimming again. After 1 length I felt out of breath. But, of course doctors referred me for an asthma tests, which was negative. I simply continued exercising and now swimming 20 length is easy for me and when I found it difficult to get up a set of stairs without feeling out of breath, now it is very easy for me to run up the stairs using 2 steps at a time.

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Having a drink of water can provide relief. If I feel out of breath following more than usual exercise I have a drink of water, which reliefs me considerably.

Having walk in a forest or green area can provide considerable relief.

Finding certain types of stress-relief can become a bit of a fashion. Of course it is easy to puff on a blue inhaler for example if you feel stressed about something but then there are also other things you can do.

Perhaps all people feeling unable to breathe should have formal lung capacity tests prior to being prescribed inhalers. Those tests go quite quick and are easily read, it literally doesn’t take longer than 1/2 hour. But one can have to wait a long time to get an appointment to have it done. Those machines should be widely available in doctor’s surgeries and help prevent the wrongful prescriptions of powerful inhalers, which are not always needed.

 

 

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.

The shoulder injury

On the 30 June Madison took part in the 3km open water London Regional champs, swimming the 3km, then went straight on to the Hackney Lido for another 2km charity swim, on 14. July, at the Barking & Dagenham swimming meet, Madison’s shoulder popped during the 400 IM race.

Since then the shoulder has not gotten much better. Went to the GP, who kind of said that the NHS is not good for sporting injuries.

Eventually on 29. August, she got a shoulder scan at the hospital. The doctor said she could not see anything because there is a lot of inflammation. The doctor wants to do an MRI scan. Now we need to get back to the GP and wait for another appointment on the 18. September to get seen again.

In the meantime the inflammation in Madison’s shoulder is raging untreated. She takes part in training and does mostly kicking and leg exercise.

I am just wondering how a young person is supposed to get settled into any sport if it is so hard to get any treatment for sporting injuries?

All we ever read about is that the NHS can’t cope with treatment of degenerative illnesses but what about the fitness problems?

We are constantly told to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle but if we get any injury with this we cannot get the treatment fast.

For teeth braces now for example here in East London there is a 1 year waiting list to get even seen from the date of referral.

GLL funding offers sporting injury treatment but only very few athletes can get it, I did not apply for it this year, as we hardly used it last year when we had it. Otherwise we get offered treatment against payment. So how many of us can actually afford that?

Are they really?

The first words Madison uttered when I came to collect her from MMSwiminspirations swim camp, under supervision from Mel Marshall were: “I swear they are trying to kill us with that land training!”

What does that tell you? What should it tell me?

Madison has had land-training regularly. Yoga, Pilates, and exercise. That has been going on since a year.  All soft training and still an injury of the shoulder. Perhaps the soft training is too soft to strengthen the muscles enough.

1 week at Mel Marshall’s swim camp and Madison’s feels totally overstretched.

But, who is winning the medals at top competitions? Those who work with Mel or those who work with Madison’s regular club?

I am just glad that Madison is going to train with the top squad in Hackney Aquatics from September with 2 gym sessions per week. It seems that all the soft options like Yoga and Pilates do not do too much for high performance athletes.

Our local Hackney Aquatics club is the only one we can attend, from where we live and school.