I'm finally getting some time to reflect and get my thoughts down on the events of the past few weeks! The month of August has packed full of learning opportunities and experiences. July ended with a knee injury that has kept me from training, but forced me to experiences the medical system as a patient and become my own patient putting my Rehab & Training knowledge to the test as my own n=1.
The Joy of Travel
Traveling is something I love to do, and haven't done a ton of in an while since starting Athletes Physiotherapy and working to get my practice off the ground here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, the start of August provided me the pleasure and privilege of being called out to Boston, MA to cover the World Team Training Camp for USA Judo. This was a week long camp with around 75 or so athletes from about 5 different countries who came out to support the USA World Team as the prepare for the IJF World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan which start next week.
Training camp was held out in Boston, MA at Pedro's Judo Center, a National training center and dojo which has produced some of the best American Judo players. The experience of working with the athletes, both World Team and those that came to train with them, was fantastic. It's always great to see athletes at that level train and work to constantly improve themselves, both in practice and in making the time to address injuries and keep their bodies tuned before & after practice. The Physio geek in me also loves watching the drills, movements, and mechanics which help fill in the gaps when evaluating an injury or choosing treatment options.
Looking forward to keeping tabs on the World Championships this next week, an hopefully we'll see a few of our men & women bringing home gold, which is a great way to move into the upcoming Olympic year!
Therapist becomes Patient
So, right at the end of July I get caught in an awkward position rolling with a bigger dude during grappling class. Got caught in half guard, and he had both hooks around my right leg, we turned and my knee hyper-extended and twisted and ended with an audible pop that both of us heard. Not much pain, but lots of medial instability. It was apparent that I tore my MCL, but I wasn't sure about ACL, as I really can't do a good Lockman's or Anterior Drawer on myself.
As a DIY PT/ATC, I started rehab day 1. Compression, gentle movement, dry needling with E-stim, and your basic exercises to get quads back online (which by the way immediately went to mush within an hour of the injury, I found that very interesting...). I braced it, as it was still too unstable and any open chain activity bothered it (think lifting your leg to get into the car, lifting your leg to advance it up a step). Closed chain was & has been totally fine, which has allowed me to start with exercises like TRX squats, TRX split squat, Dead lifts, Box Squats, Lunges, and your typical range of motion, stationary bike, & proprioception exercises.
Anywho, I did get an Ortho consult and so far so good. Confirmed a grade 3 MCL tear off the tibial portion, and thinks ACL & cartilage are intact. MRI ordered, and will see what shows up! As for now, keep on with the self-rehab to get back on the mat soon!
The experience of travel is always very eye opening. Getting out of your normal routine, out of your typical environment, and off of your normal daily schedule can be stressful for some people. For me, it is seems to recharge the batteries, allows me to step out of my head, get focused, and utilize my time for reading and reflection. Sustaining an injury that has taking me out of activity training and put me into the rehab & 'return to activity training' has given me a solid glimpse into the experience of the athlete I work with. It has been very interesting being on the other side!
This weekend I get to jump out for a quick back & forth to the East Coast for a family wedding. As much as a weekend of 2 days travel, 1 day activity can be tough, it will be great time. Always good to get together with the larger extended family, which I haven't experienced in a bit so I am certain this will also help ground & recharge! Learning this month that mental & emotional are areas that also require just as much training as our physical and intellectual well being.
Life. Always an Adventure!
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