Injured Jockeys Fund News
I think the last bit of rehab, when the end is within sight, is almost the most frustrating, as you feel ready to get back on a horse again, but you know that you aren’t quite ready!
I said in my Racing Post column earlier in the week that I’d like to be back for Cheltenham in just over a week’s time but to do that, I need to be signed off a few days earlier than planned, and whether that is possible, I don’t know yet. I’ll take my steer on it from Emma Edwards, the physio at Oaksey House, as she is in doing most of the work with me on my arm. The team at Oaksey are very dedicated and understand racing so know what shape I need to be in in order to be strong enough to race ride again. Once they feel I am, they will tell me, and if needs be, I can go back to my surgeon a few days early. There are a lot of people to please before you can get back on! That is of course how it should be, as they have your long as well as your short term wellbeing at heart. I came back too early once before in my career, and it was the wrong thing to do, and I’ve learned that you must listen to those who know more that you do, however frustrating that may seem at the time.
Emma was pleased with the progress I have made in the last two days and my percentages on the goniometer had improved again. The arm is ready now to take a bit more pressure so we step it up. I also did another hour in the gym and Rob Treviss, the sports therapist and fitness coach – some basic cardio on the running machine and some more core work (exercises such as ‘the plan’) – and he was also happy with my level of fitness.
The ‘active’ plan I have been following during my time that I’ve been ‘inactive’ has worked and my weight and fitness are still good. I’m raring to go now and having achieved what I have in two days, I’m excited about how ready I’ll be in a week!
You do have to motivate yourself though and be very committed to what you are trying to achieve and pushing yourself through the pain barrier. I am spending up to six hours a day on the ‘game ready’, the ice compression machine at the moment! But I’m mentally good. It’s exciting to see that light at the end of the tunnel….
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