It’s now been over a week since that steroid injection and so far nothing has returned to normal.
Madison’s pains have gradually disappeared through the week but the swimming is not yet what it used to be.
The steroids injected merely acted as anti-inflammatory agent, they are not like anabolic steroids some athletes use.
When the shoulder bones do not fuse, then the friction causes inflammation of the area. The steroids merely counteract on that inflammation.
So far the pain has gotten better but no more than 15 minutes of breaststroke can be swum.
It is remarkable that still no freestyle or backstroke can be done. Well, that means back to the drawing board and to see what the doctors can come up with. But till then there is still time to try. I reckon the diagnosis of OS Acromiale remains the same.
Normally it takes about a week for the injection to take effect. It has been only 7 days since. Let’s wait and see.
That’s the first time that Madison has achieved a club record. Hackney Aquatics just started publishing them, well, it is a relatively new club, and to my amazement Madison is listed as holding the 50m short course for the 50 backstroke.
Superb swim by Ellie Simmonds in the 400FR breaking her own Paraswimming Short-Course World Record (set in 2013) with a time of 5:26.76 – superb effort in Ellie’s return to @AquaticsCentre . Congratutations!!! #2018LondonWinters
That is what make being an official worthwhile, it is the knowledge that we can facilitate and assist greatness in the pool.
Any prolonged injury can easily lead to feeling demoralised.
Can’t take part in all the training
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.