Sunday, 16 February 2014

Rehabilitation with Injury Active

I thought it might be interesting to show you where I am with my current rehabilitation. Above is a video taken at the Injury Active Clinic in Cambridge. Craig has started recording my late stage rehab so I can see just how far I have come. It is a shame we don't have any early stage rehabilitation videos  so we could do a side by side comparison.

As you can see, while my movement is not completely smooth or comfortable. I am jumping and moving with relative ease and it's far beyond where I thought I would have been had you asked me this time last year.

Craig has been my sports therapist for years and has helped me recover from various training-related ailments. I can honestly say that there is no one that I trust or can recommend more highly (and I have experienced a few other therapists too!).
Craig is constantly keeping up to date with the latest research and techniques in his field, which shows dedication and care to his profession. This just adds to the sense that you're being treated by someone who genuinely cares about your well being and getting the best possible results for you.

When I started seeing Craig after the accident with my leg, he began my treatment primary with massage and mobilisation in order to recover the range of motion in my right ankle and calf muscle. Now though, we are at late stage rehabilitation so my sessions with him are much more active.

It's interesting to note that the majority of the agility shown in the video has only really returned after a concentrated strength regimen created (and inflicted on me) by Craig. It consisted of heavy front and back squats with the some unilateral work thrown in. The basic programming was 4-5 sets of 4-5 reps with the last couple of sets being the heaviest. As we progressed Craig introduced a short circuit after the heavy sets that usually consisted of lunges, jumps and single leg step ups with kettle bells. Needless to say, after just half an hour I was usually unable to walk! Thanks to this I can now back squat 100kg and front squat 90kg. It's not amazingly heavy but its a start and I know that I can make these lifts even bigger and eventually get to double body weight squats or more.

I'm continuing with that work and just the other day I managed a pistol squat on my right leg for the first time since my accident. To say I am chuffed is an understatement.

Craig has now started moving the exercises to more agility-based work, so long as I keep up with the strength work at home. A lot of it is sideward movement and reaction work to try and get my sharpness back and thinking less about my leg. I do find that running in non-running shoes is uncomfortable and I still detect a slight limp. I am hoping that with more mobility and strength work I can get rid of any niggles entirely, especially with Craig's help.

Have any of you been through a similar experience? I'd love to hear your stories.

All the best

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