I saw Sam Burch at Fix sports injury clinic this morning. He did some releases and massage for my shoulder.
We discussed pain and he advised me on the kind of activities I should and shouldn’t do in order to promote my recovery.
Fortunately he doesn’t think it’s a serious injury. Though it is difficult not to take it seriously.
It’s mostly inflammation around my shoulder which is causing stiffness, pain and clicking. He gave me some theraband excercises to do to strengthen my rotator cuffs and suggested taking painkillers if, after exercise, I have pain.
He also said I could swim, but:
- not swim hard
- that if i feel pain while swimming, to modify my stroke, entering my hand closer to the body, rather than at full extension
- not to over rotate my shoulders
- Avoid club swimming
- Avoid butterfly
He also pointed out that all athletes incurr injuries during training and even compete with injuries or niggling pains.
So, though the injury I have may not have cleared by the time of my swim, this doesn’t mean I won’t be able to do it.
In the afternoon I swam at Clissold Leisure centre, just to stretch and maintain mobility and test and adjust my stroke . In certain positions my shoulder was excruciatingly painful, but after a few experiments, changing hand entry and body position, I found I could swim quite well pain free.
I swam for about 90 minutes , resting every 100m. I also did some kicking drills.
I hope I have not aggravated my injury further. We’ll see. Tomorrow morning ..