Instant Sports Injury Expertise

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Diary, Running, Systems Theory

After the last 5k run I took a week off.  This was partly because of other commitments, but also because of a pain in my left calf.

I expected some discomfort. Afterall, the body needs to adjust to the gargantuan effort of running continuously for longer periods of time. The pain got a little worrying after it was still noticable at rest two days later. 

The internet is a fantastic thing, allowing instant expertise in a given subject with just a coupes of Google searches – and an obligatory visit to specialist subject forums and of course,  Wikipedia.

After about an hour,  I was an expert in running injuries including over-pronation,  runners knee and shin splints.

This new found expertise persuaded me that I had all of the above along with a case of Plantar Fasciitis.

I booked a trip to a sports physio that I have visited a couple of times in the past for **very real** back and knee pain.

After an exam and a couple of tests, he diagnosed a couple of contracted muscles in the calf and thigh. I don’t recall the names, although he did a good job of explaining the mechanism of injury and systemic pathology. He also gave my back a going over too for good measure.

After the session, I felt a bit sore but walking back to the car, I felt an enormous improvement. Possibly psychological, but if so – job done.

I decided to rest up for a couple of days more just to be safe.

  1. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that produce the biggest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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