Over the last couple of weeks I have started to feel a number of little niggles with my body creeping in. I am not sure whether to prepare myself for a big injury on the horizon……..
I am not sure if I have mentioned it previously but a few years ago I hand reconstructive surgery on my right shoulder. When I was much younger, about 15 or 16, I dislocated my should playing Rugby. I healed but it was never really right after. It used to hurt a lot and fall out time after time. It even used to fall out when opening a door or driving the car. It just became the norm.
Finally I had enough after the best part of 20 years living with this. I went to the doctors, saw various consultants before finally being booked in for surgery to fix it. I had the op, did the physiotherapy and it felt fine, no issues at all. A complete success I thought. Then I started training…..
I have not issues on the rowing machine, cross trainer or any equipment or exercise that does not involve raising my right arm above shoulder height.
Anything that involves lifting my arm above shoulder height is a real issue. I wouldn’t say it hurts but an ache slowly develops and worsens very quickly. It feels like there is absolutely no strength in my shoulder. I know the joint is stable but it feels like it wants to collapse. It is not helped by the fact that I can lift my left arm no problem which, when lifting a weighted bar, puts extra weight to the right!. I think I need to carry on with the strength training and build up the muscles.
Niggles are the other issues. I have a minor pain in the bottom of my right calf and my left hip hurts sometimes. Please don’t think I am moaning, more looking for advice on how to deal with these. The last thing I want is a big injury which means I can’t train for a sustained period of time! As I mentioned previously, I do try and ensure I do recovery sessions on a weekly basis. Swimming, Sauna, Steam Room, and spa sessions certainly work and are very relaxing! I also now properly warm up before every session and stretch off after, which I never did previously.
If anyone has any advice on avoiding injury please let me know.
Until Next Time…