Pausing performance

Which one of us has a private physician that would stand by and deliver instant reliable diagnosis? Hm, I do not know anybody like that.

NHS waiting lists are long and if there is a problem that needs further investigation then any performance athlete either can rely on a team doctor or line up in the queue.

Performance swimming is a hard sport, requires constant high-velocity training because the world record times are extremely fast, the Olympic qualifying times are equally fast and everything else in between is not much slower.

It is impossible to stay in performance swimming without constant training.

As Madison now has this Swimmer’s shoulder problem performance training is severely affected. We need to step down from the training and turn into the slower lane until the doctors are finally ready to delivery a reliable diagnoses and recommend the correct physio to mend the problem.

220px-Shoulder_joint.svgThe shoulder is a big place with many muscles and tendons, one simply cannot assume what is the best exercise to do.

Whatever the problem is, it is extremely important to stay in shape and do exercises that do not overstretch the affected part.

It is important to stay in training and with our club we are very lucky to have a flexible club structure that can adjust training groups and routines to fit any particular need.

Yet it seems that medical assistance is not ready to deal with sport in general. I think NHS practises are very well organised to deal with winter flu, excess weight, check ups and general appointments but when it comes to sport related problems there is no network of doctors available that can be called upon demand by sportsters.

Many people have private medical insurance but I doubt that even those can deliver on the spot treatments.

What we really need are sports clinics because the healthy and active life-style is becoming generally more popular. That would be the way to go for a modern NHS.


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 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?