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.
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?
I am just about intrigued to read via Swimvortex that the World Record of Adam Peaty is in doubt, due to a time measuring adjustment. LEN does confirm this statement. Whether is plus or minus 0.10 seconds, there is no doubt that Adam Peaty was well ahead of all his competitors.
They also doubt that Peaty could have had a reaction time of 0.47. That is information via their Facebook page, yet when I go to their main website a message appears that they stop the coverage of swimming and offer refunds to paid up members. There is no date on the page. How much sense does that all make. Either you suspend swimming coverage or you don’t.
Madison had a reaction time of 0.02 during her latest 50 freestyle PB at the London Aquatic Centre. It happens to the best of us.
We were ecstatic yesterday to watch Kai Ogden (second from right) win a bronze in the English National Championships in Sheffield. Madison has been training with Kai since she was very small and apart from going to LACPP for a while and Kai changing to Hackney Aquatics earlier, when Madison still remained in Bethnal Green Sharks, they have spent almost their whole swimming careers within sight of each other, or within the same club.
Kai always struck as being Born to Swim, his dedication was always such an encouragement to us all.
I am pleased to say that Madison’s shoulder is now getting better, the exercises help and now she can at least stretch both her arms out again to do a proper starting jump and begin to do the arm strokes again.
It should be fine by Sunday, when we go to Melanie Marshall’s Swim inspirations camp.
But Madison is itching to join her fellow swimmers next season to make the podium on the premium events.
Even her friends who went to Welsh Nationals achieved very good placings in finals so far and Madison closely follows her long-standing training partner Kaia Cudmore on her success.
Somehow what Madison lost on training through injury before the end of the season will be made up through the mid-season swim camp. It is all working out fine but Madison really wanted to be part of the action, which is definitely going to happen next season.
We gotten our new training plan, and it provides the much-needed gym sessions, three sessions per week at the London Aquatic Centre. Most of Madison’s former friends from the LACPP, which was then taken over by Newham, have now also joined Hackney Aquatics. HAC is the club to be for us East Londoners.
Pleased to discover that Madison already has achieved 6 automatic qualifying times for next year’s County Championships.
Even though she does not participate in any national competition this year, the qualifying window for counties gets better each year, indicating an over-all improvement of performance. Meaning Madison qualifies for more difficult target times earlier than before.
In previous years Madison had to struggle to get the County qualifying times in time for registration but this year we are well ahead. The 2018 season has not yet finished and we already qualify for 2019.