Whilst I was bending to pick up the footy a few weeks ago, I was hit front on by my opponent and knew straight away that I was in trouble. My hand went numb and then I felt my shoulder and noticed my collar bone was popping up and my shoulder was sagging down. My AC joint had been separated and it was quite uncomfortable. Luckily for me, we were playing at Wodonga so I walked myself down to the emergency department of the hospital for further assessment. I wanted to make sure that (thankfully) via x-ray nothing was broken and the degree/type of AC injury I had suffered- there are 6 and mine was in between a grade 2-3.
We advise all Workcover patients to recover at work and returning to “light duties” helped me deal with the mental void I was having when I was at home. After a week of time on the couch, I was finally able to get a shirt over my head and back into work. It was a great insight for me to float in and out of the treatment rooms, observing the way my colleagues operate and manage certain conditions. They were utilising a variety of techniques that I had somehow forgotten since graduation and became set in my treatment ways. The time at work took my mind off my injury and allowed me to return to a somewhat normal lifestyle.
- Improve my FTP on the bike. Cycling on the trainer was the only thing I could do for the first 2 and a half weeks of rehab.
- Run Nail Can on the 5th of May. This will be approximately 4 weeks from when my injury occurred.
- Be able to swim with minimal impairment by June. I have a long term goal of completing an Ironman. To do this I will need to be able to swim 3.8km.
- Be able to take a tumble on the slopes this Winter at Falls and Hotham with no concern of injuring my shoulder.